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Police appeal on Newbury Racecourse CCTV images

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 12, 2012


POLICE investigating a mass brawl between what were believed to have been rival Swansea and Cardiff fans have released CCTV stills as part of the inquiry.

Thames Valley Police has put out eight pictures of men that officers want to talk to in connection with the scenes of violent disorder.

The fight erupted at Newbury Racecourse at around 4pm on Saturday, July 14, between men police believed had come to the races from Cardiff and Swansea.

It was thought the incident began on the ground floor of the grandstand and then spread to the racecourse itself.

Between 50 and 60 people were involved in the disorder, which was captured on video, but police had it quickly under control.

Local policing area commander for West Berkshire, Superintendent Robin Rickard, said: "This was a nasty incident involving up to 60 people fighting in the middle of the afternoon.

"It impacted on lots of innocent people and families who had planned to spend an enjoyable day at the races."

Two men from the Swansea area, aged 26 and 33, were arrested and released on police bail on suspicion of affray in connection with the trouble, while another man was arrested for a suspected public order offence.

Following the incident, a four-minute video showing some of the clashes was uploaded to the YouTube website.

The video showed a group of men throwing punches at each other while stewards from the racecourse, dressed in blue jackets, tried to separate them.

Mr Rickard said: "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 is asked to contact Sergeant Wil Johnson at Newbury CID via 101. Or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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