Cops say they will identify fans involved in City game trouble

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

THE PSNI say they will publicly identify two fans they want to question in relation to the trouble which followed Newry City's game with Portadown in April unless they come forward.
Officers say they have found seven of the nine people they were looking to question in relation to the violence.
And they have called on football fans of both clubs to help identify the two remaining suspects before they take the next step in their investigation.
In a post on the PSNI Craigavon Facebook page, a spokesperson said that their public order enquiry team had taken on the investigation.
“After reviewing footage, we established there was evidence of offences which gave us nine suspects," the post explained.
“The reaction from Portadown FC showed, to put it mildly, exceptional leadership. They not only condemned those who were involved, but moved remarkably quickly in taking steps to issue banning notices to those who had used the guise of the club name for pure thuggery. They also worked along side us to help identify those who tried to blemish the club's name.
“Of the nine, we quickly identified seven. That leaves us with two. It's unsure where they are from, what club they claim association to and most importantly- who they are.
“We would expect - indeed all right minded football fans would too - that both clubs and their fan base would cooperate fully with the investigation."
The post was accompanied by a pictures of the two fans they wish to speak to with their faces blurred out.
It continued: "The next step in the investigation is simple - Op Exposure. The blur that is currently over these faces will be lifted. The images will be put out publicly.
“They'll be identified, and interviewed by ourselves. If it goes to court, their rough addresses will be in the public domain. It will be obvious what club affiliation they have, and who, if anyone, has been hiding them."
The spokesperson said that the police did not want to do this.
“We'd much rather have had this sorted earlier than now, but we are where we are.
“The best way to avoid further attention and certainly any further publicity is very straight forward- if you recognise yourself or someone in these photos from clothing and you haven't yet spoken to us, give us a call.
“Indeed if this has suddenly jogged your memory and you remember something you hadn't when first spoken to, we'd be only too glad to hear from you again. Maybe seeing this image will help you remember who was brandishing goal posts on the roof that night?"
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the PSNI's 101 number, quoting the incident number of 1679 of 20/04/18.


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