FOUR people have been arrested as part of a police probe into trouble at the Preston North End v Blackpool game.
Around 200 fans invaded the pitch at Deepdale following PNE’S 1-0 win against the Tangerines earlier this month.
Police said a number of supporters were caught up in scuffles, the stadium was damaged, a steward was knocked over by a police horse and there was further trouble in the city centre.
A major criminal investigation was launched identify those responsible for the most serious offences by examining CCTV, including images from throughout the day from the city centre, and by gathering other evidence.
Six arrests were made after the game and police made a further four arrests yesterday.
A 16-year-old boy from Walmer Bridge and a 16-year-old boy from Ashton were yesterday arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violence disorder.
A 19-year-old man from Fulwood was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violence disorder and going onto a playing area at a football pitch and a 40-year-old man from Ashton was arrested on suspicion of a violent disorder.
The three teenagers were released on police bail until August 27 and the other man was also expected to be bailed last night.
Det Insp Paddy O’Neill, who is leading the investigation, said: “The behaviour of those involved in the disorder was completely unacceptable and we hope that these arrests will show people that we have not given up and that we will continue to do all we can to trace those involved and put them before the courts. It is entirely regrettable that a small number chose to act in this mindless fashion. Disorder like this mars the game, it’s illegal and it frightens people.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.