Lancashire

Preston man arrested over football pitch invasion

Preston v Blackpool
Image caption A steward was treated for a bruising to the shoulder and sent home said PNE

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after fans took to the pitch at a League Cup game between Preston and Blackpool FC.

Police have so far made 21 arrests in connection with the disorder which saw about 200 football fans invade the pitch at Deepdale on 5 August.

A steward was trampled by a police horse as he tried to clear the supporters.

The 43-year-old man from Preston has been bailed until 17 October.

A PNE spokesman said after the match: "The steward was assessed by St John Ambulance for a bruised shoulder and sent home."

Blackpool boss Paul Ince was "furious" with the pitch invasion following the match between the Lancashire rivals and questioned the number of stewards at the game.

Preston North End's general manager Ben Rhodes said thousands of pounds worth of damage had been caused inside the ground following the match, the majority in the away stand.

Ch Insp Emmett, who was in charge of policing of the match described the disorder as "completely unacceptable" and vowed the force would make "significant efforts" to locate and prosecute those involved.

Supt Richard Morgan said there was a "significant minority" of determined people from both sides who he said were "intent on causing problems".

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