Police snatch Everton fans wanted over King's Cross violence
PUBLISHED: 11:00 03 July 2015
Six arrests in north west dawn raids including a 15-year-old boy and a 54-year-old man
Everton supporters suspected of causing violent chaos outside a King’s Cross pub in May have been snatched in a series of dawn raids in the north west of England.
Scotland Yard said six males, including a 15-year-old boy and a 54-year-old man, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder at seven addresses across Liverpool, Wirral and Warrington this morning.
A 24-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in Crawley, Sussex, as part of the swoop.
The arrests follow clashes which broke out between a group of around 30 Everton supporters who attacked a smaller group of Newcastle United and Hull City supporters drinking outside the Millers pub in Caledonia Street.
During the attack, which happened at about 6.45pm on May 16, thugs armed with bottles and glasses could be seen swarming outside the pub, shouting angrily, swinging punches and smashing glasses.
A 51-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment after he was left with blood gushing from his head,
It followed a busy day of football in London where all three teams had played in matches.
Merseyside Police helped to identify some of the suspects who were captured on CCTV cameras and by members of the public on their mobile phones.
Scotland Yard said this wealth of images helped officers from other forces identify and track down some of the suspects.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Barnes, of Operation Arrowtip which investigates football-related crime and disorder in London, said: “Violence amongst supporters has no place in football; be it before, during or after a match.
“These investigations that lead to operations like today show that no matter where you are from, or who you support, UK policing will work together to identify suspects and take action against them.”
All seven of the males arrested today have now been released on bail pending further inquiries.
The three men - including a 52-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of three counts of assault and two men arrested on suspicion of affray - who were arrested shortly after the incident have all been bailed pending further inquiries.