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Six arrests over Watford football violence

One of the suspects Image copyright Hertfordshire Police
Image caption Four men and two boys were arrested by Hertfordshire Police

Six people have been arrested and bailed over street brawls before and after the Watford v Bolton Wanderers football match on 9 August.

The main fight was in Market Street, Watford, and involved up to 30 people, police said.

Four men and a boy were arrested on Wednesday morning on suspicion of violent disorder.

The sixth person, a boy aged 17, from Watford, was arrested at Hatfield police station on Friday.

The arrested men are an 18-year-old from Bricket Wood, a 40-year-old and a 46-year-old from Watford and a 19-year-old from South Oxhey.

A 17-year-old boy from Croxley Green was the fifth person held.

Investigation continues

They are all subject to a strict bail condition not to attend football matches or be within a mile radius of the town centre four hours before and four hours after a game takes place.

Supt Sue Jameson said: "The disorder took place in a busy road in front of shopkeepers, people going about their daily business and families with children who were on their way to watch the first home game of the season.

"We are working closely with Watford FC, a family-orientated club, to fully investigate what happened.

"These arrests send a clear message to those suspected of being involved in football related violence that is this behaviour is unacceptable.

"The investigation is ongoing and we expect further arrests to be made."

Police have appealed for witnesses and people with information about the disorder to contact them.

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