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Derby-day brawls: Suspects hunted

Police in Rotherham investigating a disturbance at a town centre pub have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. 
At around 5.30pm on Saturday 7 September, officers were called to reports of a disturbance at the Corn Law Rhymer pub in High Street.

Police in Rotherham investigating a disturbance at a town centre pub have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to in connection with the incident. At around 5.30pm on Saturday 7 September, officers were called to reports of a disturbance at the Corn Law Rhymer pub in High Street.

  • by Claire Lewis
 

These CCTV images show men police want to trace after violent clashes involving rival Sheffield United and 
Rotherham fans.

One victim was left with injuries to his face when hooligans clashed in bars after Blades fans travelled from Sheffield to the New York Stadium for the first derby of the season against the Millers.

After the game, brawls broke out both inside and outside two pubs in Rotherham town centre – The Corn Law Rhymer in High Street and The Rhinoceros in Bridgegate.

The incident in The Corn Law Rhymer broke out just 45 minutes after the final whistle.

A 46-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were arrested at the scene on suspicion of affray, and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Officers trawled CCTV footage of the incident on Saturday, September 7.

They have released images of four men they believe could hold vital information.

An hour later, at 6.30pm, officers were called to Rhinos following reports of another fight, where they found a man with facial injuries.

Detectives investigating that attack have released images of another three men they want to trace.

Chief Inspector Ian Womersley, responsible for operational policing in Rotherham, said he believed each incident was ‘isolated’ but that both were linked to the football derby.

“One was in The Corn Law Rhymer and the other in Rhinos, where people were injured in disturbances witnessed by members of the public both inside and outside the pubs,” he said.

“They appear to be two separate incidents which happened some time after the game in local public houses and were believed to involve opposing supporters.

“It involved a small minority of fans, and the fact we can release these good quality CCTV images demonstrates the value of the cameras.”

He said fans convicted of the pub attacks would be served with football banning orders and banned from Rotherham town centre pubs as a ‘deterrent’ to other football yobs.

Chf Insp Womersley said officers had been carrying out ‘a unique piece of work’ around the policing of football matches, involving home visits to know trouble-makers before games.

“Police officers have been really proactive prior to football games, in that they have been visiting a small number of people previously involved in incidents of disorder to speak to them, or their parents if they are juveniles, and warning that should they become involved in any more trouble we will be seeking football banning orders and pub bans too,” he said.

“The results have been very good.”

Anyone who recognises the men wanted by police should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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