Police identify three men following disorder at Turf Moor

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Police have identified three men they wanted to speak to following violent disorder before the Burnley v Southampton match in December.

CCTV images were released by detectives yesterday of six men they were hoping to trace as part of an ongoing investigation. Following the appeal, they now only need to talk to three of the men captured on camera.

The match took place on Saturday, December 13th 2014, and saw Burnley take on Southampton at Burnley Football Club, Turf Moor.

Shortly before the match, a small group of people thought to be Burnley supporters entered the grounds and made their way to another entrance where they confronted rival supporters and engaged in violent disorder.

A post-match investigation was launched and officers have identified a number of people they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Before identifying the three men, five men from Burnley had already been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder. A 22, 17 and 16 year old have been bailed until February 25th. A 17 and 18 year old have been released without charge.

Detective Inspector Martin Melvin from Burnley CID said: “Thousands of Burnley and Southampton fans attended the match and the vast majority of fans were good spirited and well behaved.

“Unfortunately a small number of fans took it upon themselves to act violently towards others and cause disruption before the game. We cannot afford to let the actions of a minority spoil games like these for the true fans and to behave like this towards fellow football supporters is wholly unacceptable.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 0765 of 13th December 2014.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.