Nine Arrested Over Fight Before Essex Derby

2 February 2016, 12:17 | Updated: 2 February 2016, 12:20

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Nine people have been arrested over a fight before Colchester United's home game with Southend United on Boxing Day.

Essex Police says it is investigating reports of a "large disturbance" in Abbey Gate at 2pm on Saturday, 26 December 2015.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Three teenagers were arrested outside the Playhouse in Crouch Street, Colchester, at around 11am on Saturday, January 30, in connection with the incident.

"The boys, aged 16 and 17, and a man aged 18, all from Colchester, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and released on bail pending further enquiries until March 1.

"Police also arrested six men on Monday, February 1 on suspicion of violent disorder.

"They were a 30-year-old and a 21-year-old from Pitsea, a 21-year-old and a 28-year-old from Shoeburyness, a 23-year-old from Upminster, and a 24-year-old from Rochford.

"They were released on bail until March 10, pending further enquiries.

"Both Colchester and Southend football clubs are assisting police with their investigation.

"Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident in Colchester on Boxing Day are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Olney at Colchester CID on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or".