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Charges follow Bristol City v Swansea City match disorder

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We carried out the first in a series of planned operations today (Friday 15 February) to arrest those involved in football-related antisocial behaviour and violence on the day of the Bristol City v Swansea City match on Saturday 2 February.

Officers have now charged three men over offences committed within the stadium, two of which involved stewards.

Ryan Greenslade, 26, from Brislington, 36-year-old Christoper Scott Dennett, from Totterdown and Paul Villis, 48,from Portishead are all charged with causing fear or provocation of violence under section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986.

We’ve charged a fourth man, Kevin Morrison, 32, from Knowle, with breaching a football banning order at another match.

Greenslade and Dennett are due to face magistrates on March 21 while Morrison and Villis will appear on March 28. While in custody we issued them with notices from the club banning them from attending matches.

The match saw pockets of anti-social behaviour and violence inside and outside the ground before and after the match. It resulted in officers from Avon and Somerset Police, South Wales Police and British Transport Police dealing with skirmishes. Mounted officers and dog handlers helped to separate the fans.

Part of an ongoing police operation

Today’s operation is the just the first stage. Our investigation to trace, arrest and put before the courts those responsible for the football-related anti-social behaviour and violence continues.

Behind the scenes, investigators are working through hours of CCTV footage to identify potential suspects.

Bristol City FC, Ashton Gate Stadium and Swansea City FC are all supporting the investigation. We’re also working with British Transport Police and South Wales Police colleagues.

Superintendent Rhys Hughes said: “This is just the start of our operation. We’re already planning our next operations. Neither we nor the football clubs will tolerate this type of behaviour. No one can hide in the crowd.

“Successful convictions should result in the courts issuing football banning orders. These prevent people convicted of football-related offences from attending games or following their national side abroad.

“We work closely with our local football clubs sharing information. We’re all committed to stamping out this type of behaviour. I’d urge anyone else who was involved in the disorder to hand themselves in before we come knocking on their door.”

Mark Kelly, managing director of Ashton Gate Stadium said: “I hope that today’s arrests, along with the ongoing operation, send a clear message to fans. We take pride in our stadium being a safe and secure environment for all to enjoy the game they love. We have a zero tolerance to such anti-social and violent behaviour. Any fan found to have breached the Ground Regulations will be issued with a stadium ban.”

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