Total of 14 arrests after Sunderland vs West Ham brawl

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POLICE have arrested six more people as an investigation into disorder ahead of a Premiership football match continues.

Men aged 51 and 28 from Houghton, A boy aged 15 from Spennymoor, a man aged 26 from Gateshead and two boys aged 16, one from Sunderland and one from Washington have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

This brings the total number of people arrested to 14. Of those, 11 people have been bailed pending further enquiries while three remain in custody helping with enquiries.

The arrests follow violence, which it’s believed was pre-arranged, which happened at around 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 incident involved both Sunderland and West Ham supporters.

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

“There are still 13 images in circulation of people we need to speak to. We have reason to believe some of these may have connections to the Hartlepool area and would urge anyone who recognises them to get in touch as soon as possible.

“This sort of incident is unusual and as we’ve said previously, the vast majority of football supporters just want to enjoy the match. However, when any kind of violence takes place we will do everything possible to make sure those suspected of being involved are traced and the appropriate action taken.”

Anyone who recognises themselves in the images is asked to contact police at the earliest opportunity, and anyone who knows the identity of anyone in the images is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.