Images have been released of a man police suspect of pushing a football steward into the path of a police horse at last month’s Lancashire derby.
Preston North End and Blackpool met in the Capital One Cup at Deepdale on Monday, August 5, and it was marred by a number of incidents of disorder, and damage was caused to parts of the stadium.
At the end of the match, a steward was pushed into the path of a police horse and suffered injuries as a result.
Police want to question this man in connection with this offence against the steward.
To date, 20 people have been arrested for a number of offences, and detectives are keen to stress that the investigation is on-going.
An incident room has been opened at Preston Police Station.
Det Insp Paddy O’Neill, from Preston Police, who is leading the investigation said: “Over the past few weeks we have been studying CCTV footage from various sources, and we are keen to trace and question this man in relation to the assault on the steward.
“We now believe the man ran onto the pitch from the Sir Tom Finney stand so it is likely that he watched the game from that stand.
“He is a stocky white male, with a shaven or bald head, and was wearing jeans and a distinctive dark green jacket with a hood, and a full length red zip. If anyone can identify this man, I would urge them to come forward and contact the police.
“The investigation into the incidents before, during and after the fixture continues, and will continue for the foreseeable future. Further arrests are anticipated.”
Police have revealed that they have 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.
Anyone with any information should call Preston Police on 101.