Police seize 200 hours of CCTV footage in bid to identify hooligans after disturbances in Rotherham

Ugly crowd scenes mare the game between Rotherham United and Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match at the New York Stadium, Rotherham'Picture by Focus Images Ltd
Ugly crowd scenes mare the game between Rotherham United and Millwall during the Sky Bet Championship match at the New York Stadium, Rotherham'Picture by Focus Images Ltd
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Detectives investigating hooliganism at Rotherham United’s game against Millwall last weekend have seized 200 hours of CCTV footage in a bid to find those involved.

Violence broke out inside Rotherham’s New York Stadium when The Miller’s scored an 85th minute winner.

It spilled outside and led to a number of officers and stewards suffering injuries.

South Yorkshire officers are working with the Metropolitan Police Service to try and identify those responsible for the ugly scenes.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Steven Ashmore said: “We have extensive footage available to us from inside the ground and work has already begun in earnest to identify those individuals involved.

“In addition to working with our colleagues in London, we will also be reaching out to media outlets who filmed the match to see if they will share their footage with us, as well as trawling CCTV cameras from across the town to ensure no stone is left unturned in our bid to bring those responsible to account.

“The actions of a few spoiled this event for many others and their behaviour will not be tolerated.

“I’d like to reassure the public of Rotherham that we are taking this incident incredibly seriously and if anyone has any information or footage that they wish to share with us then I would urge them to get in touch.”

Rotherham United FC manager Steve Evans is calling for the hooligans to be ‘thrown out and not allowed near football’ again.

Evans said: “It’s the worst crowd trouble I’ve seen as a manager. It’s just not right, especially when you see them go towards a family stand.

“We know the amount of kids in there and probably 40 per cent are under 16.

“We don’t want one per cent of those thinking that type of behaviour is what you should be allowed to do.

“I didn’t see it at the time. I’ve seen the footage since. I have to say it is a minority of Millwall fans. The majority behave as impeccably as anyone else does and they’re probably as disgusted as everyone in football is.

“To see footage of police and stewards with cut faces and stuff like that is just disgusting. That minority have to be weeded out and thrown out and not allowed near football.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101.