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Early morning football arrests made in Bristol

Added on 11 January 2017 at 08:28

We made early morning arrests today in connection with trouble at Bristol City’s match at Cardiff City in October last year.

South Wales Police are carrying out an investigation into an assault of a steward at the match and serious disorder which occurred at the match in Cardiff on October 14. A number of troublemakers have already been arrested in connection with the incident.

Last week we issued images of people from Bristol who attended the game who we wanted to speak to after CCTV of incidents was reviewed.

All of those people have now been identified or contacted us.

Today we visited the homes of the people we are keen to contact in relation to the investigation into the disorder which occurred at the game last October.

We are working together with South Wales Police over the seven people we have arrested this morning.

This weekend sees the return match between Bristol City and Cardiff City at Ashton Gate and those planning to attend are encouraged to enjoy the game.

There are no restrictions on travel for the Cardiff City fans travelling to the game. However there will be a positive police approach to any football-related anti social or violent behaviour.

And both South Wales and Avon and Somerset forces have pledged to crackdown on any people intent on causing problems before, during or after the game.

Fans are reminded that anyone carrying, lighting or throwing pyrotechnics – including flares or smoke bombs – will be arrested and could be subject to prosecution.

Anyone causing problems could also face being issued with a football banning order. There are currently 80 in force in Avon and Somerset.

Silver commander for today’s operation Rob Millican said: “Today’s operation sends out a powerful message to a small minority intent on causing problems at football games that we will not tolerate disorder.

“We are supporting colleagues in South Wales Police who are showing the red card to the small minority who caused problems at the Cardiff game in October.

“We have arrested a number of Bristol City fans and will now put these people before the courts. Successful convictions should result in football banning orders which will mean they will no longer be able to attend games or follow their national side abroad.

“We urge all attending this weekend’s match to enjoy themselves but we will not tolerate poor behaviour."