Bristol football derby: 31 charged following disorder

Police arrests in Bristol Police made arrests on Wednesday across Bristol, Bath and in North Somerset

Thirty one people have been charged in connection with allegations of disorder at a Bristol football match.

Three officers were injured when rival fans invaded the pitch at the end of last month's Bristol City v Bristol Rovers Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie.

On Wednesday, officers made 40 arrests in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset in a series of raids.

A force spokesman said 31 people had been charged, four people bailed and five released without charge.

He added officers had now made more than 60 arrests since the match on 4 September.

"Three people are due to attend police stations today [Thursday] and we will also be speaking to another three when they return from their holiday," a spokesman said.

"The arrests were made for various offences, including criminal damage, assault, going on to the football pitch and throwing missiles," he added.

The match at Ashton Gate was the first competitive derby between City and Rovers in seven years.

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