More arrests in Sunderland vs West Ham violence investigation

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FIVE more people have been arrested as police continue their investigation into a mass fight involving Black Cats fans.

The five include three teenagers – two aged 17 from Washington and Chester-le-Street ,and one aged 18 from Washington,

They have all been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

On Tuesday, five other people – a man aged 23 from Sunderland, a man aged 20 from South Tyneside, and two aged 18, one from Sunderland and one from Chester-l- Street, and a youth aged 16 from Sunderland were also arrested. They have been bailed pending further inquiries.

A total of 10 people have now been arrested.

The arrests follow violence, police believed was pre-arranged, which happened at about 2.15pm on Saturday, January 12, outside Revolution Bar at Low Row in Sunderland city centre, prior to the Sunderland v West Ham match.

The brawl involved both Sunderland and West Ham supporters.

Since the incident police have been working to identify those involved. They also released CCTV images of 19 people who police need to trace in connection with the disorder.

Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Sunderland Area Commander, said: “More arrests have been made in connection with this disorder and the investigation continues.

“We still have CCTV out there of people we need to speak to about the incident. We’ve so far had a good response and are following up a number of lines of enquiry with more arrests expected.

 Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.