CCTV released of suspects from disorder at Leeds United's game against Birmingham City

Detectives have released pictures of 15 men they want to identify after violence broke out at Leeds United's match against Birmingham City.

Thursday, 21st November 2019, 3:52 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st November 2019, 3:54 pm
Images released of suspects following disorder at Elland Road Stadium

Disorder erupted in the West Stand at Elland Road Stadium towards the end of the game on Saturday, October 19.

Stewards and police officers attempted to calm the situation, however the disorder continued outside the stadium after the match came to a close.

Bottles and traffic cones were thrown, including at police officers, while a number of stewards and police were also assaulted.

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Images released of suspects following disorder at Elland Road Stadium

Nobody was seriously injured in the violence, which culminated in ten arrests on the day.

Two of the men arrested were from Leeds, and were charged, while four males from Birmingham and Lincolnshire were given community resolutions.

Now detectives have released CCTV stills of further suspects they wish to speak to following last month's post-match violence.

Detective Superintendent Jaz Khan, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said: “These were some truly appalling scenes that all genuine fans of the game, regardless of team loyalties, will have no hesitation in condemning as having no place in football.

Images released of suspects following disorder at Elland Road Stadium

“Officers have been painstakingly analysing CCTV in and around the ground and we are now asking for the public’s help to identify the people shown in these images.

“Most of the suspects are clearly identifiable and we would like to hear from anyone who recognises them.

“I would also appeal directly to the people shown in the images to contact us themselves to arrange to come and speak to if they want to avoid the inconvenience and disruption to their lives that the progress of our investigation is otherwise likely to bring.

“While we recognise that the trouble that day was isolated and involved only a relative minority of the supporters of both sides, it is behaviour that belongs firmly in the past and simply cannot be tolerated.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigation team at West Yorkshire Police via 101 quoting Operation Bandshot and the relevant image reference number.

You can also email [email protected] or visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us.

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.