Detectives investigating a night of mayhem and crime at the recent Preston North End clash with Blackpool today released new CCTV images of a man and woman they want to speak to.
The Capital One Cup match, held at Deepdale on Monday August 5, was marred by a number of incidents of disorder, which included fans invading the pitch, a police officer being hurt and damage caused to parts of the PNE stadium.
At the end of the match, a steward, wearing a hi-visibility jacket, was on the Deepdale pitch helping to clear Preston fans and was struck by a police horse as it cantered across the pitch.
Police arrested 10 people from Preston, four from Blackpool, two from Penwortham, one from Grimsargh, one from Walmer Bridge, one from Bamber Bridge and one from Poulton for a range of alleged offences including conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
Six have been charged over the disorder. Six other people have been interviewed at Preston Police station and the others are on bail.
Det Insp Paddy O’Neill from Preston Police, who is leading the investigation, said: “Over the past couple of months we have been studying CCTV footage from various sources, and interviewing witnesses and suspects.
“We need the public’s help to identify this pair as it will conclude this particular phase of the investigation.”
“If anybody recognises either of these people I would ask them to contact police.”
The behaviour at the cup tie derby between Preston North End and Blackpool was criticised as “disgraceful” at the time.
It caused Preston’s city centre to be locked down with pubs ordered to keep the doors locked while officers dealt with public disorder following the derby clash.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101.