A DOZEN people were arrested as violent scenes broke out in Middlesbrough after they had played Leeds United on Saturday.

There were pockets of disorder throughout the town centre, particularly around the train station as opposing sets of fans clashed.

Match Commander, Chief Superintendent John Lyons of Cleveland Police, thanked the majority of well-behaved fans but added: "There are always a minority of people who attend matches intent on causing disorder and we have seen some of those tensions today, prompted by a late equaliser which resulted in 12 males arrested.

"It was disappointing to see some of the behaviour being displayed by a minority of the younger people who attended, which was unacceptable and we will look to progress criminal proceedings where possible."

The police were out in force in the town centre throughout Saturday, with support from the dog and horse sections and neighbouring forces, including Durham, Northumbria and the National Police Air Service.