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Police Arrest 60 Ahead Of Football Match
Police have arrested more than 60 people for alleged violent disorder in Nuneaton in the hours leading up to a football match against Lincoln City.
The disorder broke out in a number of pubs in the town centre ahead of the non-league fixture on Saturday.
Officers from Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police, West Midlands Police and British Transport Police were deployed in the town shortly before 10.30am in response to reports of disorder at a number of licensed premises.
Police began arresting dozens of people on suspicion of violent disorder at The Granby pub from 3.20pm.
The suspects were transported by coach to Nuneaton†police station and held in custody for questioning.
Chief Inspector Adrian Knight, who was in charge of the response, said officers from all police units involved were "successful in containing the disorder and protecting the safety and well-being of the general public".
"This operation was a true collaboration utilising resources from across the region.
"I am extremely grateful to our regional colleagues from West Mercia, West Midlands and British Transport Police for their support in this operation. It has been a particularly challenging day.
"Warwickshire Police is committed to protecting people from harm, whether they live in the county or are visiting, and we will not tolerate any behaviour which puts them at risk.
"Anyone intent on causing trouble in Warwickshire should be aware that we will deal with them robustly."
He added: "The fact that 62 people have been arrested is testament to our commitment to tackle violence and disorder within the county."
Nuneaton Town chief executive Ian Neale said the trouble was nothing to do with the football club or its supporters.
He said police went to The Granby pub to organise an escort to town for Nuneaton fans, but only three people said they were interested in going to the match.
"They were allowed to leave the pub to take a taxi to the ground, which is two miles away from where the arrests were made," said Mr Neale.
"The Boro is a family club and people who are looking for trouble are not welcome at our ground. Anyone found guilty of any offences today will be banned from the ground for life."
He added:† "The club works tremendously hard on community programmes to give young people locally aspiration and opportunities in a working class town and we see ourselves very much part of making positive things happen for the town."
Nuneaton went on to win the Blue Square Bet Premier League fixture 1-0.
what do you think?
Am i missing something here.Disorder in centre of NUNEATON 62 arrested and transported by coach to NUNEATON and held in custody.Am going to bed,worth some sleep this one.Zzzzzzzz.
Pubs in the town centre of Nuneaton ? are there any left ?
.................NOT ONLY THAT.!!......it was a non league Conference game between Nuneaton and Lincoln. DOES EITHER TEAM HAVE 62 SUPPORTERS???
Does either team have 62 supporters??