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Thursday, 10 October, 2002, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
Dawn raids in football violence inquiry
Police raid
Around 100 police officers carried out the raids
Police in Birmingham have carried out a series of dawn raids on suspected football hooligans.

Around 100 police officers carried out the raids on Thursday and 15 people were arrested.

They are being questioned by police in connection with serious disorders committed before the derby game between Aston Villa and Birmingham City in September.

Detective Chief Inspector Clive Burgess, from Stechford police station, said more arrests would be made.


We hope that it sends a sure message out that this sort of behaviour won't be tolerated

DCI Clive Burgess

He said: "The operation was set up to identify and arrest people believed to be involved in serious and frightening disorders in the Rocky Lane area of Aston before the game.

"I anticipate further arrests over the next few days.

"We hope that it sends a sure message out that this sort of behaviour won't be tolerated.

"We hope that the vast majority of decent law abiding fans will be able to attend football games in peace without the fear of the hooligan element.

"The message is clear; if you cause trouble before, during or after football matches you will be arrested."


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02 May 02 | Hooligans
08 Feb 01 | Wales
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