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Great response to football violence CCTV appeal
We’ve had a great response to our appeal to find people wanted in connection with violence that broke out during an unofficial Coventry City FC promotion party earlier this summer.
Yesterday we released CCTV images of 15 people we believe were involved when trouble flared on the evening of 9 June in the city centre.
It’s alleged two men approached the group and brandished a knife before disorder erupted.
Bottles and other missiles were hurled as our officers put themselves between the crowd and the two men to protect them at the time and to prevent further violence.
As a result of the appeal we now believe we’ve identified 10 of the 15 suspects and will be making efforts to trace them over the coming days.
Coventry Police Detective Inspector Amar Patel, said: “It’s been a fantastic response to our appeal. We now have names for 10 of the 15 people we want to speak to and I would urge them to make contact with us before we come knocking.
“We’re still working to understand exactly what happened in the build-up to the trouble so I would encourage them to come and speak to us so we can hear their side of the story.
“We are still looking to identify five more men we believe played a significant role in the disorder and our enquiries continue.
“This was a very serious outbreak of violence, it’s fortunate no-one was badly hurt, and has no place in our city.
If anyone has any information or recognises any of the suspects in the images please get in touch via Live Chat at WMP Online or by calling us on 101. Please quote crime reference 20CV/133602V/20.