Police appeal after violence at Rovers v Oxford match

November 02 2018

POLICE are continuing to review body worn video footage to identify those responsible for violence following the match between Bristol Rovers and Oxford United.

Officers are also looking through CCTV footage of the disorder, as well as working with both football clubs and Thames Valley Police.

There were a number of incidents between rival fans following the Saturday October 20 game at the Memorial Stadium in Horfield.

Many of them took place in Gloucester Road, with reports of fans smashing glass and throwing chairs and fireworks at officers and their dogs. It is believed one animal was hit by a glass bottle but was thankfully unharmed.

Sergeant Stephen Bell, from Avon and Somerset Police’s Football Unit, said: "These are not real football fans and they give genuine supporters a bad name.

"Their behaviour was totally unacceptable and resulted in a shocking level of violence that will have impacted the local community.

"We are working hard to identify those responsible and deal with them robustly, both through the courts and with football banning orders.

"I’d urge anyone who has any information to call 101 and quote reference 5218 233 017.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report it on-line using the following link bit.ly/1pwX4Zm, quoting the above reference number."