Hooligan violence is ‘unacceptable’
Police in Lincoln have described violent clashes involving Hatters fans last weekend which saw two women hurt as ‘completely unacceptable’.
Officers from the Lincolnshire force are searching for between 20 and 25 supporters after trouble flared between Luton and Lincoln fans at a Wetherspoons pub in the city before the Hatters 2-1 win at Sincil Bank.
Furniture and glasses were hurled and a number of people were assaulted after the incident at the Ritz pub in High Street at around 1pm.
Two women needed hospital treatment for minor injuries caused by flying glass and police had to close the pub.
Fighting spilled out onto nearby streets.
Launching Operation Hartford aimed at finding those involved PC Andy Pearson from Lincolnshire Police said: “Two rival gangs clashed, one from Lincoln and one Luton.
“These are not football fans, they are simply hooligans and it is important that we identify all of the offenders and arrest them as quickly as possible.
“We need anyone who was in the pub or in the area to get in touch and help us with our enquiries as soon as possible. What took place was totally unacceptable on a busy Saturday afternoon when families are out trying to enjoy what the city has to offer. Over the last three years we have done a huge amount of proactive work to target thugs like this and that work will continue.
“It is essential we send out a clear message to hooligans – you are not welcome in Lincoln.”
Anyone with information relating to this incident should call Lincolnshire Police on 101. You will need to wait until after the announcement of the force your call is to be directed to and then select option one to hear a list of alternative forces.
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