Football derby arrests: charges brought

BLACKBURN ROVERS v BURNLEY: Ewood Park.
BLACKBURN ROVERS v BURNLEY: Ewood Park.
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TWELVE people arrested following Burnley Football Club’s Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers have been given a variety of charges by police.

A huge security operation was put in place for the East Lancashire derby last Sunday between the two great rivals, and police said it passed off largely without incident.

The game, which ended 1-1, saw an attendance of around 20,000 fans at Blackburn’s Ewood Park stadium including 4,000 Burnley supporters.

Police confirmed that toilets in the away Darwen End at Ewood Park and eight buses carrying Burnley fans were damaged on the day.

The following people were arrested:

• John Thompson (21) of Catherine Street East, Horwich, was charged with being drunk in a sports ground. He was released on bail to appear before Blackburn magistrates on April 5th.

• Jason Talbot (30) of Dalton Street, Burnley, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in a public place. He was released on police bail to appear before Blackburn magistrates on April 4th.

• Daniel Wright (20) of Hestham Crescent, Morecambe, was charged under the Football Offences Act with throwing a missile at an area adjacent to a pitch. He was released on bail to appear before Blackburn magistrates on April 4th.

• A 17-year-old boy from Burnley was given a penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

• A 28-year-old man from Darwen was given a penalty notice for a public order offence.

• A 35-year-old man from Burnley was arrested on suspicion of affray and released on police bail until April 11th.

• A 25-year-old man from Bacup was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and released on police bail until April 12th.

• A 43-year-old man of no fixed abode was given an adult caution for being drunk and disorderly.

• A 22-year-old man from Clitheroe was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He was released on police bail until April 11th.

• A 49-year-old man from Accrington was given a penalty notice for a public order offence.

• An 18-year-old man from Accrington was given an adult caution for causing criminal damage.

• A 17-year-old boy from Accrington was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and released on police bail until April 12th.