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5 May 2010, 05:34
Police in Southampton are today releasing another batch of CCTV images of people they want to question about football related violence that happened around the Southampton v Portsmouth FA Cup game at St Mary’s Stadium on February 13.
Eleven people were arrested and charged mainly with public order offences on the day and since then a number of officers have been working to find those others involved.
Eight of the ten people whose photos were released last time have now been traced and charged.
One has already pleaded guilty to a public order offence and received a three year football banning order, 12 months supervision order and ordered to do 140 hours unpaid work.
Since then officers have continued to trawl through hours of film and CCTV to find images of more suspects and are now in a position to release another nine images in the hope that the public may be able to identify those in them, or the people involved recognise themselves and contact officers direct.
Inspector Lisa Stevens said: “We are continuing to work hard to find all of those supposed football fans who decided to mar the match back in February by resorting to violence. It is only a few of the 32,000 fans who went along that were involved, so for most they got to enjoy a great sporting event. However we want to send a strong message to anyone who does get involved in football related violence that it won’t be tolerated. We are now asking for the public’s help to identify and locate the people in the pictures we are releasing, as we suspect that they may have been involved in football related violence that day".
“It would be even better for those in the pictures, if they see themselves, to get in contact with us direct rather than waiting for us to come and find them. If they don’t they can be sure we will track them down and arrest them.”
Officers from the Operation Austen Team are working in conjunction with the Southampton Football Club and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to deal robustly with football related violence from this game and in general. Applications will also be made for football banning orders against those involved.
Anyone with information should contact either Detective Constable Paul Longhurst or PC Andy Darbyshire from Southampton Operational Planning on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.