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Preston North End v Blackpool disorder: Police announce four further arrests in investigation

Posted on - 23rd August, 2013 - 5:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Deepdale, News, Preston North End
Our man Paul Melling was in the stands when fans made their way onto the pitch

Our man Paul Melling was in the stands when fans made their way onto the pitch

Lancashire Police have announced four further arrests as part of their ongoing investigation into the Preston v Blackpool disorder.

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Following 200 supporters invading the pitch and disorder after and before the game, which ended in a 1-0 win to North End, detectives have been studying CCTV and gathering evidence.

A 16-year-old boy from Walmer Bridge and a 16-year-old boy from Ashton have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violence disorder.

A 19-year-old man from Fulwood has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violence disorder and going onto a playing area.

An Ashton man, 40, is being held in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of a violent disorder.

The three teenagers have been released on police bail until Tuesday 27 August.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill, said: “The behaviour of those involved in the disorder was completely unacceptable and we hope that these arrests will show people that we have not given up and that we will continue to do all we can to trace those involved and put them before the courts.

“The vast majority of those who attended the fixture behaved responsibly and it is entirely regrettable that a small number chose to act in this mindless fashion.

“Disorder like this mars the game, it’s illegal and it frightens people. We will work hard with both clubs and members of the public to identify those involved, and my message to those people is that your arrest is inevitable.”

The investigation is continuing and anyone with any information about anybody involved in any incidents of disorder should contact police 101.

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