Operation Hest- Arrests made after disorder in Sunderland

27 Sep 2017 16:00 PM

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Earlier today Northumbria Police made arrests in relation to disorder at the Sunderland v Celtic football match in July, bringing the total number of arrests to 31

On Saturday 29th July, Sunderland played Celtic at the Stadium of Light in a pre-season friendly. The match was well attended by fans from both teams, including families and young children.

Prior to kick off a handful of Sunderland and Celtic fans were involved in disorder and 24 people were arrested on the day.

Today’s arrests are as a result of Operation Hest – conducted by Southern Area Command CID, launched to identify and apprehend those involved. In addition further arrests are planned in the near future in relation to the event.

Sunderland Chief Inspector Mark Hall said: “Most of the fans who came along were, as we expected they would be, good natured. Many came with children and enjoyed a high spirited afternoon of football.

“We’re incredibly proud of our city, it’s a great place with plenty to offer and it was very disappointing to see a small handful tarnish it with their disruptive and violent behaviour. It’s not acceptable and we won’t tolerate it. Our local communities and local residents should not have to put up with this sort of disruption on their doorstep.

“Since the disorder we have been working relentlessly to identify those involved which has resulted in the arrests today and I hope our communities feel reassured by the action we have taken. 

“Today’s activity should also be a warning to other people involved that we will find out who they are, vigorously pursue them and bring them to justice.”