New photos in hunt for football yobs

TEN new photographs have been issued by West Yorkshire Police following trouble during Ipswich Town's game at Leeds United in May. Seventeen people have so far been identified in relation to the disorder, with four of those already having gone through the courts.

TEN new photographs have been issued by West Yorkshire Police following trouble during Ipswich Town's game at Leeds United in May.

Seventeen people have so far been identified in relation to the disorder, with four of those already having gone through the courts. One of them, a 22-year-old man, has received a five-year football banning order.

Seven men and one youth will appear before the city's magistrates court on Wednesday, September 12 in connection with the enquiry, 5 men remain on bail pending further enquiries.

This is the third set of photographs to be released after a pitch invasion at Elland Road before the final whistle had blown at last season's game between Leeds and Ipswich Town.


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Many Town fans were targeted by the Leeds fans in an unsavoury and hostile incident that upset many of the Blues faithful.

One fan at the game, former Blues player Tommy O'Neill suffered a fractured jaw trying to protect his 15-year-old son.

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“Steve was attacked by a man old enough to be his father,” O'Neill said.

“That was what made it worse. I went to help him. It wasn't just some silly kids, there were grown men looking for trouble, not real fans.”

Genuine Leeds fans were appalled by the behaviour as trouble occurred before the end of the game, with home fans pelting Town fans with coins, lighters and a watch strap.

O'Neill added: “I have since had plenty of apologies from Leeds fans here in East Anglia. It was a minority of their so-called supporters.”

Detective Inspector Phill Wright from City and Holbeck is leading the enquiry and says he hopes the success of the poster so far continues with this next set of faces.

"I would like to thank the public for all the information we have received so far in connection with this enquiry. It has allowed us to identify who these people are who we suspect of being involved in football disorder.

"With the new season well underway, some people may think they have got away with it. Today we are showing them that they haven't and we will continue to bring those involved to justice."

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