More arrests made after violence at Port Vale and Stoke City Under 21s clash

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Police have made more arrests in connection with the violence which marred the Checkatrade Trophy game between Port Vale and Stoke City under 21s.

A 30-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage on Carsdale Cresent in Blurton.

A 34-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested later on suspicion of violent disorder on Alan Road, Bucknall.

And a 31-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder on Market Street, Kidsgrove.

Staffordshire Police were able to make the three arrests after  appealing for information from the public about the disorder.

There have been 11 arrests in total. Those arrested are aged between 18 and 61, all from North Staffordshire for a mix of public order and violence offences.

More than 150 officers were deployed with public order, tactical, dog support and response officers to deal with the violence that broke out at the Checkatrade Trophy tie.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Taylor, senior investigating officer for the criminal damage and disorder at the Port Vale match on the evening of 4 December, said: “The behaviour seen on Tuesday night was unacceptable and caused fear and distress to many families who had come to enjoy a game of football.

“My team of detectives are working hard to identify those responsible and I hope these arrests will reassure the public that we are making progress in this investigation.

“I would like to thank the public for their support and information received so far, which has helped us a great deal already.”

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Taylor added: “We have a duty to the local community and the loyal supporters of both clubs to act swiftly.

“We will ensure that all opportunities will be taken to identify those suspected of being involved in this despicable disorder and bring them to justice.”

During the fixture there was damage caused to sections of the away stand as seats, toilets and windows were smashed.

Disruptive behaviour from a large section of away fans at the game led to officers deploying public order tactics to restore order at the first meeting between the clubs since 2002.

Police have issued this shocking footage (below) of offenders vandalising the toilets at the club.

If you know any of the men in the footage, call Staffordshire Police on 101.

A Stoke City spokesperson said: “The actions of a minority of the crowd at last night’s Checkatrade Trophy game against Port Vale were deplorable.

“Where this behaviour involved so-called supporters of Stoke City we will be working closely with Staffordshire Police and Port Vale to bring the culprits to justice.

“We will be pushing for anyone found guilty of disorder on the night to be handed a lengthy football banning order.”

Port Vale said: “Port Vale Football Club condemns the actions of those people who attended the game with the intention of not enjoying a football match.

“Their actions were a danger to other supporters and match day staff and police, who were working to ensure that everyone could enjoy the match in a safe and friendly environment.

“This type of behaviour by some people has no place in society let alone at a football match and Port Vale Football Club will work with Staffordshire Police and our neighbours Stoke City Football Club to ensure that those already arrested are punished appropriately through the courts.

“We will also continue to work to identify others through CCTV footage and other means to ensure other culprits are also identified and brought to justice.

“Referee Seb Stockbridge has included a number of incidents in his report and we will wait to hear back from the FA on those reports.

“Repair works are being carried out now in preparation for our fixture against Cheltenham Town on December 15.”

If you have any information about this investigation or recognise anyone in the videos published online, contact 101 quoting incident number 92 of 6 December. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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