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Police release pictures of Newbury brawl suspects

THAMES Valley Police have released CCTV images of eight men they want to question in connection with the mass brawl during a meeting at Newbury in the summer.

Officers were forced to deploy riot shields as between 50 and 60 Swansea and Cardiff City football fans fought running battles in front of families and racegoers at the track's summer festival on Saturday, July 14.

The violence erupted on the ground floor of the grandstand before spreading outside to the enclosures.

The fighting continued for around 15 minutes before the disorder was finally brought under control.

Following the incident, a video showing the brawl was uploaded on YouTube, and two men aged 26 and 33, both from Swansea, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing affray.

The two South Wales clubs are fierce rivals, and there have been suggestions the clash was organised in advance, but that Newbury only became the chosen battleground after waterlogging forced the abandonment of Chepstow's July 13 Ladies' Night meeting.

Supt Robin Rickard, local policing area commander for West Berkshire, said: "This was a nasty incident involving up to 60 people fighting in the middle of the afternoon and impacted on lots of innocent people and families who had planned to spend an enjoyable day at the races.

"We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and are determined to bring to justice all those responsible."

Anyone who recognises any of the men in the images is asked to contact Sergeant Wil Johnson  at Newbury CID via the 24-hour non emergency single number 101.

Alternatively, those with information can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details will be taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

 
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