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CCTV of Luton violence examined to identify offenders

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Luton Town's Gary Sweet said they were disappointed with the fans' behaviour

CCTV footage of violence after Luton Town's play-off defeat to York City is to be examined to identify more offenders, police said.

Bedfordshire Police said Monday's disorder appeared to start when Luton fans invaded the Kenilworth Road pitch.

Seven people were arrested over violence against police, Luton stewards and York City players.

Chief Insp Bob Johnston said: "We will look closely at CCTV to identify everyone involved and pursuing them."

Police want to obtain banning orders against the most violent offenders to ensure it does not happen again.

Mr Johnston said: "There was a hardcore group of around 100 who we want to trace and get banning orders against so that they cannot return next season for a repeat performance."

At one stage outside the ground, fans grabbed mops and brooms from a DIY store and used them to attack officers in Dunstable Road.

A police spokeswoman said an investigation had started with the aim of identifying those involved in the violence.

Six people have been bailed, pending further inquiries. The seventh arrested person is still being held in custody.

Luton chairman Nick Owen described the incident as "appalling".

The Blue Square Premier play-off semi-final, which York City won 2-0 on aggregate, means Luton face another season of non-league football.

The trouble came 24 hours after the Championship relegation decider between Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace was marred by disorder.



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