19th Oct, 2017

Police appeal to find Leamington teen who was punched at football match

Leamington Editorial 19th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE are looking for a Leamington teenager who was punched in the face at a football match in Redditch.

The match on Wednesday April 27 between Redditch United and Leamington FC was held at the Valley Stadium.

When the game went to penalties and Leamington won, a small number of their fans invaded the pitch.

Police believe a young Redditch fan then assaulted one of the Leamington supporters, punching him and pushing him over.

While officers were dealing with the incident the victim left the scene and police have now released CCTV footage to try to identity him.

They spoke to the attacker who is currently helping them with their investigation.

After the match some 30 fans from each side were goading each other at the roadside resulting in 15 officers being deployed to prevent further trouble.

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: “It is clear that a small minority of spectators were intent on causing disorder on the night and due to the good planning of both clubs this has been well managed.

“The police have acted and intervened when needed and it is sad that the minority spoilt the enjoyment for the majority of fans watching a fantastic game of football.

“The police will be reviewing CCTV and will work with both clubs to ensure we deal with any criminal offences that have occurred during the night. We would appeal to anyone who has any video footage or witnessed any incidents during the game to contact the police.

“We are thankful for both clubs support in this matter.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or call 0800 555111 to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.

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