Investigation into offences at Banbury United FC and Chester FC match - Banbury
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Thames Valley Police is investigating several offences in connection with a match between Banbury United FC and Chester FC.
The clubs met at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium in Banbury in the National League North on Tuesday (8/11).
There was an incident of violent disorder and pyrotechnic offences during the match involving a large amount of supporters of both clubs, which stewards and police officers broke up.
Then there was an incident of violent disorder after the match on Tramway near the ground, involving both sets of supporters, which officers also broke up.
No arrests have been made so far.
Dedicated football officer PC Jon Evans said: “We have started an investigation into violent disorder and pyrotechnic offences which took place at the Banbury United FC and Chester FC National League North fixture at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium on Tuesday, involving both sets of supporters.
“Resources have had to be diverted from their regular duties to deal with these incidents, and this may have had some impact on the service we are able to provide to the wider public.
“However, we will always maintain our ability to respond to incidents where threat, harm and risk is at its greatest.
“We are appealing to anyone with information about these offences to contact us by calling 101 or making a report on our website, quoting reference number 43220505142.
“This comes after other investigations were launched into alleged offences at two other Banbury United fixtures this season.
“There is an investigation under way due to disorder before, during and after the Banbury United and Hereford United FC fixture on 27 August this year, involving both sets of supporters.
“We are still appealing for any witnesses of this to get in touch by quoting reference number 43220385947.
“We are also still investigating an alleged racially aggravated assault and public order offence at the Bracknell Town FC and Banbury United FA Cup fourth qualifying round fixture on the 15 October.
“Again any witnesses should call 101 or make a report online, quoting reference number 43220466819.
“Unfortunately, a small group who have been attending Banbury United matches this season seem intent on causing problems and behaving in an inconsiderate and anti-social way.
“We are working with Banbury United and partner agencies to deal with these issues but we are also appealing to the majority of genuine Puritans supporters to help with this.
“If you are at a game and see or hear something which shouldn’t be happening at a football match, then make the club aware.
“If you have any information relating to our ongoing investigations, then please contact us.
“Together we hope to put a stop to these issues by working with the club, fans, the local authority and other partner agencies to significantly reduce the impact it is having on the match day experience for genuine fans attending games.”
Notes to editors:
No arrests have been made so far in relation to the Bracknell Town FC match investigation. One person was arrested for a public order offence in relation to the Hereford United FC match investigation and was later de-arrested.
UPDATE: A previous version of this press release mistakenly stated the arrest related to the Bracknell Town FC match investigation, not the Hereford United FC match investigation, in the notes. This has been amended.