Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Police appeal for info on W12 football thugs

Police have released photos of men they want to talk to in relation to fighting which took place around the British Queen Pub in January.

At approximately 12:45hrs, 120 Bristol City supporters began to gather in the Uxbridge Road, W12 and walked towards the British Queen Public House. Police dispersed the group to avoid any disorder.

In the build up to kick off time at 15:00hrs some incidents of minor disorder took place near the stadium involving rival supporters which were also dispersed by officers.

As the final whistle blew the majority of Bristol City supporters returned to their coaches, however approximately 20 supporters entered the British Queen Pub on Uxbridge Road. At approximately 17:30hrs up to 20 rival QPR supporters approached the pub, some carrying planks of wood as weapons. Several Bristol City supporters emerged from the pub carrying bar stools which were thrown into the crowd and serious disorder took place.

On police arrival several QPR supporters left the scene and the Bristol City supporters from inside the pub were safely escorted onto their coach and out of London.

Following the disorder, the Metropolitan Police Service set-up an investigation team to identify and arrest those involved, sending out a clear message that this type of violence will not be tolerated. To date eight supporters involved in the disorder have been successfully identified and are either subject to ongoing investigations or criminal proceedings.

If you recognise someone in these pictures or have information regarding the incidents please contact Fulham Police Football Intelligence Unit on 020 8246 2917 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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