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Nuneaton Town owner Ian Neale says 87 arrests at game against Lincoln City were nothing to do with his club

By SMorris_LE  |  Posted: March 18, 2013

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The owner of Nuneaton Town football club says that the 87 people arrested before his team's game with Lincoln City had nothing to do with his club.

All the arrests were made on suspicion of violent disorder and everyone has since been bailed.

It is believed that none of them are Lincoln City supporters.

Trouble broke out shortly before 10.30am in a number of licensed premises in the town.

Officers from Warwickshire, West Mercia, West Midlands and the British Transport police were deployed as incidents were reported for the next five hours.

Arrests were made from 3.20pm at the Granby pub in the town centre.

They were subsequently transported into custody by coach.

Chief executive officer Ian Neale said: "Police went into the Granby pub to organise an escort to town for Nuneaton fans, and only three people said they were interesting in going to the match.

“They were allowed to leave the pub to take a taxi to the ground, which is two miles away from where the arrests were made.

"The Boro is a family club and people who are looking for trouble are not welcome at our ground.

"Anyone found guilty of any offences will be banned from the ground for life.

"The club works tremendously hard on community programmes to give young people locally aspiration and opportunities in a working class town and we see ourselves very much part of making positive things happen for the town."

Chief Inspector Adrian Knight, who was in charge of the policing operation, said: "Police officers responded to reports of disorder at a number of public houses in the town, and were deployed in full protective equipment for their own safety.

"PSUs [Police Support Units] from three forces - Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands - were all deployed and were successful in containing the disorder and protecting the safety and well being of the general public.

"This operation was a true collaboration utilising resources from across the region.”

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  • Pru_Freda  |  March 18 2013, 10:06PM

    Did Mr Neale really say "only three people said they were interesting in going to the match"? What dull people must support Nuneaton.

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  • redimp27  |  March 18 2013, 5:20PM

    I hope I am wrong but this looks like someone at the Echo is trying to sensationalise this from a Lincoln point of view. The headline is misleading amd implies that if no-one at Nuneaton was to blame then it must have ben caused by Lincoln - even though the facts show nothing of the sort.

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  • joebudge  |  March 18 2013, 9:09AM

    Why are the Echo following this story if it doesn't involve any City supporters?

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  • joebudge  |  March 18 2013, 9:09AM

    Why are the Echo following this story if it doesn't involve any City supporters?

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