Multiple arrests after month-long spate of football violence

CCTV images: These men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9
CCTV images: These men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9

Police have this morning arrested three 24-year-old men as part of their pro-active approach to tackling football violence.

One was from College Road, Abbots Langley, the other was from Carpender’s Park - near South Oxhey, and the third was from Watford.

This men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9 PNL-140210-182812001

This men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9 PNL-140210-182812001

All are now in police custody, on suspicion of affray.

The news follows the arrest of eight men on Tuesday night when an altercation broke out in Watford town centre following Watford Football Club’s game against Brentford.

Those arrested included:

– A 24-year-old man from Watford who has been bailed until Saturday, November 8.

This men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9 PNL-140210-182800001

This men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9 PNL-140210-182800001

– A 20-year-old man from Acton who has been bailed until Sunday, November 9.

– An 18 year old man from Watford who has been bailed until Saturday, November 8.

– A 26-year-old man from Bushey who has been bailed until Saturday, November 8.

– A 17 year old male from Isleworth who has been bailed until Sunday, November 9.

This men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9 PNL-140210-182822001

This men are wanted by police in connection with connection with disorder at a Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers match on Saturday, August 9 PNL-140210-182822001

– A 28 year old man from Watford who has been bailed until Saturday, November 8.

– An 18 year old man from Hounslow who has been bailed until Sunday, November 9.

– A 50 year old man from Hounslow who has been bailed until Sunday, November 9.

All eight men have been bailed with strict conditions impacting on their ability to attend further football matches in Watford.

The people taken into custody on Tuesday are also in addition to a further five arrests on Wednesday, August 20, following disorder at Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers.

Further CCTV stills of three men police would like to speak to following the disorder at the Bolton game - which took place on Saturday, August 9 - have been released.

Officers believe the pictured men may have vital information which could assist their investigation.

Superintendent Sue Jameson said: “Our message is clear – violence and disorder will not be tolerated on the streets of Watford.

“This latest arrest phase and issuing further CCTV stills in connection with the Watford V Bolton disorder indicates how seriously we are taking this and how committed we are to eradicating such behaviour for Watford.

“The very fact that the people of Watford and wider general public are assisting us also indicates their support for our pro-active approach to tackling this problem, which has caused disruption to what is an sporting event enjoyed by adults and children.

“We believe the men picture have vital information which could assist our investigation.

“I would urge the men pictured or anyone who knows them to call police immediately.

“Equally, if any members of the public suspect somebody is involved in football violence I would urge them to call us.

“Those who think they can hide behind the guise of claiming to be football fans and who are intent on causing violence and a negative impact on what should be an enjoyable sporting event should think again.

“We are watching you and you will be dealt with if you participate in such disorder.

“Being involved in such incidents is not only extremely dangerous, it can also have an adverse effect on your life.

“If you are arrested in connection with such disorder you will be banned from entering some countries, such as America and Australia.

“You may also lose your job or find it hard to seek employment because of a criminal record for being associated with such violence.

“A record which will remain with you for life.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting operation carousel or call Crimestoppers the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Chief Insp Dave Wheatley, from Watford Police Station, said: “Any violence or disorder will not be tolerated on the streets of Watford and football related violence is no exception.

“If you have been or are involved in any disorder we will find you and you will be dealt with.

“Watford has been a safe place to attend sporting events for many years, and we, along with our partner agencies are determined that it remains that way.”