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Kidderminster Harriers' football fan stabbed after match

A football fan has been stabbed and another taken to hospital after their coach was attacked.

The two men were among five bus-loads of supporters who had travelled to see Kidderminster Harriers in their non-league away fixture against Luton Town.

Bedfordshire Police said an argument broke out between Kidderminster fans on a coach and "local residents", not believed to be Luton supporters.

It happened as the coaches queued in traffic about a mile from the ground.

'Attack deplored'

The argument occurred after the game ended as the vehicles were leaving Luton on the return journey, police said.

"It led to the coach being attacked," said a police spokesman. "Then some of the supporters got off to remonstrate and a fight ensued.

"Two Kidderminster fans are being treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries, although one was stabbed twice."

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service confirmed it had taken two men to hospital at about 17:30 BST.

Four local men have been arrested and a police presence remains in the area where the violence broke out in Dunstable Road near the Mansfield Road junction.

Police said the attackers did not appear to have any connection to Luton Town.

Steve Millington, chairman of the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust, said: "We deplore the attack on the coach. This shouldn't happen in football or in society in general.

"We're pleased to hear the injuries to the lad who was stabbed are not thought to be life-threatening and wish both those who were taken to hospital a speedy recovery."

Kidderminster won the Conference Premier fixture 2-1, leaving them top of the table.

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