Shamed on national TV three weeks ago, Preston’s hooligan minority have been caught in the act at another local derby game.
This time North End troublemakers smashed seats and let off fireworks at Burnley’s Turf Moor stadium during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie.
There were a string of incidents on two trains taking supporters to the game. British Transport Police arrested three Preston men and have issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.
“If people are convicted of football related offences like this we will be seeking banning orders from games,” warned a BTP spokesman. “These are only a minority of troublemakers, but they spoil it for everyone else.”
On one train a smoke bomb was let off, causing damage to a toilet. Two men aged 22 and 38 were arrested on a later train for alleged assault and a 22-year-old was bailed for a public order offence at Burnley Station.
Preston fans are already under investigation for their behaviour at an earlier cup tie involving arch-rivals Blackpool at Deepdale when a pitch invasion by around 200 PNE supporters attracted extensive media coverage nationally.
At that game almost £8,000 of damage was done to seats and toilets in the Bill Shankly Kop where Blackpool fans were housed. An investigation is still ongoing to identify the culprits on both sides and already 10 individuals have been arrested. Senior officers say they are confident more will be apprehended.
One Preston fan at Turf Moor said: “There was a guy behind me who just very calmly walked along and ripped out seats one by one. He did about 10 of them. It sickened us. I got him on camera and went to the steward and asked what they were going to do about it.”