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Arrests after match disorder

Dated: 15 May 2014

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Police have made a total of 16 arrests following incidents of disorder at the Gateshead vs Grimsby football match.

On the day of the match, Sunday, May 4, officers arrested eight people in connection with reports of disorder at the match and yesterday (Wednesday, May 14) police have arrested eight further people.

Now officers are advising Gateshead Football Club fans travelling to Wembley for the Skrill Premier play-off final, against Cambridge United on May 18, to make sure their behaviour does not cause problems in the capital.

Detective Inspector Andy Fairlamb said: "We want to make people aware that anyone found causing disorder at football matches in our area will be identified and dealt with. When we receive reports of problems linked to sporting or other events we will always seek to identify those responsible and where possible take action to bring them before the courts.

 "We are also liaising with our colleagues in London ahead of this important match for Gateshead to prevent any problems occurring.

"We know that this is a big game for one of our local teams and we don't want the bad behaviour of a few to mar what will be a great sporting day out for many true supporters."

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