Coventry & Warwickshire

Eighty seven held for violent disorder in Nuneaton are bailed

The Granby pub
Image caption A number of people were arrested at The Granby pub in the town centre

More than 80 people arrested for violent disorder before a football match in Nuneaton have been released on bail.

Officers arrested dozens of people at The Granby pub from 15:20 GMT after trouble erupted in several pubs on Saturday, Warwickshire Police said.

Police had been called out from 10:30 ahead of the Blue Square Bet Premier League game between Nuneaton Town and Lincoln City.

A total of 87 people were arrested.

They have now been bailed for further inquiries, a spokesman said.

'Banned for life'

Ian Neale, chief executive of Nuneaton Town, said anyone found guilty following their arrest would be banned from the ground.

He said: "Police went into the Granby pub to organise an escort to town for Nuneaton fans, and only three people said they were interested in going to the match."

"The Boro is a family club and people who are looking for trouble are not welcome at our ground," he added.

"Anyone found guilty of any offences today will be banned from the ground for life.

"The club works tremendously hard on community programmes to give young people locally aspiration and opportunities in a working class town, and we see ourselves very much part of making positive things happen for the town."

British Transport Police and officers from the West Mercia and West Midlands forces helped in the operation.

Nuneaton went on to win the game 1-0.

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