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Arrests after football violence in city centre

Two men have been arrested and detectives are actively hunting other suspects after reports of violence in Nottingham yesterday afternoon (Sunday 6 February 2022).

Officers were quickly on scene following reports of a group of men fighting and throwing bottles and street furniture around outside the Cross Keys pub in Byard Lane.

Windows were smashed during the incident which happened at around 3.20pm.

A 31-year-old man was detained at the scene on suspicion of violent disorder and detectives are now pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, including trawling through CCTV footage, to identify and trace other suspects involved in the violence.

Detectives are also working hard to identify people involved in disorder outside the Fat Cat bar in Chapel Bar at around 12.15pm. Officers swiftly attended after it was reported a group of Leicester City Football Club fans threw objects smashing windows.

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Police received reports of minor injuries outside the pub during this incident. Extensive enquiries are now being carried to identify those involved in the disorder.

After the match police also arrested a man after reports of a fight in Queen’s Road.

Max Hadfield, 21, of Leicestershire, has been charged with using threatening or abusive behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence. He has since been released on conditional bail while detectives continue with their enquiries.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We take any reports of violence extremely seriously and detectives are working tirelessly to ensure these people are held responsible for their appalling behaviour.

“The city centre is well served with CCTV cameras and we are currently trawling through footage as well as social media to identify those responsible as well as working with our colleagues at Leicestershire Police.

“I would encourage anyone who was involved in these incidents to hand themselves in.

“We knew the majority of genuine fans wanted to enjoy yesterday’s Nottingham Forest Football Club versus Leicester City Football Club FA Cup match without having to worry about any trouble.

“Regrettably a minority of people chose to engage in violent and aggressive behaviour in the city centre before the match.

“The disorder at the Fat Cat took place while families and children were inside enjoying their Sunday lunch in the pub. They will have understandably been left very shaken by what happened.

“I want to reassure the public that we will not tolerate this sort of unacceptable violence and we are doing everything we can to make sure those  involved are held accountable for the appalling scenes.

“To help us with our investigations I am urging anyone who witnessed these incidents or who has any CCTV, mobile phone or dash-cam footage which could assist us to please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 182 of 6 February 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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