Quintet charged over derby-match violence

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Five men have been charged after being quizzed over football-related disorder in Rotherham

The men – one from Maltby, one from Clifton and three from Chesterfield – were arrested as part of Operation Crossbar, which was set up after a disturbance after the Rotherham United versus Chesterfield game in February.

Violence and disorder broke out on Bridgegate after the match at Rotherham’s New York Stadium.

The five men arrested have been charged with public order offences.

One of the men – a 49-year-old from Maltby – was also arrested for the production of cannabis, after a number of cannabis plants were found at his home when officers arrived to speak to him about the football disorder.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “On Thursday, officers in Rotherham carried out a number of arrests in connection with Operation Crossbar.

“The operation was targeted at the individuals believed to have been involved in the football disorder on Saturday, February 16, on Bridgegate, Rotherham, after the Rotherham United versus Chesterfield football match at The New York Stadium.

“The police are seeking to impose Football Banning Orders on conviction.

“Rotherham United will impose a club ban on anyone found guilty regardless of whether they are given a football banning order by the courts.”

n Anyone with information should call police on 101.