Birmingham City and Millwall fans sought after match day disorder
Police are appealing for information
Police are appealing for the public’s help identifying dozens of suspects after violence erupted at St. Andrew’s stadium during Birmingham’s City’s game with Millwall on 23 April.
West Midlands Police’s football officers and detectives have been carrying out enquiries in the months since and now want to speak to a number of people following the match day violence.
Bricks, bottles and objects were thrown inside and outside the stadium on Coventry Road. Further fights and violence continued as fans walked through Digbeth back to Birmingham city centre, with pubs damaged along the way.
Police have released photos of the men they want to speak to in relation to the violence. You can see all of the photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA5rLm
Around 150 seats inside St Andrew’s stadium were vandalised during the game.
A spokesman for the force, said: “The level of violence - which our officers put themselves in the middle of to protect people – was disgusting, causing fear for innocent members of the public, including children, who had nothing to do with the match.”
Sgt Lizzie Lewandowski, from the WMP Football Unit, said: “The vast majority of football supporters were in the city to enjoy the game, but there were some determined to ruin it for everyone. They terrorised the streets, leaving people scared and pub landlords having to pick up the bill for damages.
“This behaviour will not be tolerated. Those found to have taken part in the disorder face prosecution, application for a Football Banning Order as well as club bans from matches. We know there are a lot of images, but we’re determined to do everything we can to find those responsible so that they can be punished appropriately by the courts.
“If you recognise any of the men, please get in touch using Live Chat on our website or call 101. Please quote crime number 20/408307/22.If you do not want to talk to us, call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. They will not ask for your name and will not trace your call. You may also be entitled to a cash reward.”
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