POLICE today revealed they have arrested a total of 16 fans following the Gateshead v Grimsby Town conference play-off semi-final.
On the day of the match, Sunday, May 4, eight fans were arrested after disorder, and yesterday police arrested eight more.
Yesterday’s arrests include two 17-year-olds from South Shields, who were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder.
Also arrested in connection with the same offence are four men from Gateshead, aged 19, 45, 46 and 49, a 33-year-old man from North Tyneside, and a 43-year-old from Newcastle.
They have all been released on bail pending further enquiries.
On the day of the match, five people from Gateshead were arrested.
* A 24-year-old man was arrested and subsequently charged with breaching condition of a football banning order.
* A 30-year-old man was charged with being drunk and disorderly.
* A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and bailed.
* A 42-year-old man was given a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly.
* A 16-year-old youth was cautioned for possessing a class A drug.
Three men from Grimsby were also arrested.
One, aged 46, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and two others were cautioned - a 45-year-old for being drunk and disorderly and an 18-year-old for possessing a class A drug.
Police are warning Gateshead fans travelling to Wembley for Sunday’s Skrill Premier play-off final, against Cambridge United, to make sure their behaviour does not cause problems in the capital.
Detective Inspector Andy Fairlamb said: “We want to make people aware that anyone found causing disorder at football matches in our area will be identified and dealt with.
“When we receive reports of problems linked to sporting or other events we will always seek to identify those responsible, and where possible take action to bring them before the courts.
“We are also liaising with our colleagues in London ahead of this important match for Gateshead to prevent any problems occurring.
“We know this is a big game for one of our local teams and we don’t want the bad behaviour of a few to mar what will be a great sporting day out for many true supporters.”