19 arrested following clashes between Sunderland and West Ham football fans (From The Northern Echo)
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19 arrested following clashes between Sunderland and West Ham football fans
3:40pm Monday 18th February 2013 in Crime News
POLICE investigating trouble before a top flight football match have arrested 19 people.
Sunderland and West Ham supporters clashed at about 2.15pm on Saturday, January 12, outside Revolution Bar in Low Row in Sunderland city centre before the two clubs met in the Premiership.
Police believe that the violence may have been pre-arranged.
Over the weekend four more people were arrested - men aged 28 and 18 from Sunderland, a male aged 16 from Sunderland and a 15-year-old male from Chester-le-Street.
They have all been bailed pending further enquiries.
This morning a fifth male, aged 15 and from Washington, was arrested.
He remains in custody helping with enquiries.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “ This brings the total number of arrests to 19.“
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