Merseyside Police can confirm that we have made a number of arrests and are investigating following the Tranmere Rovers versus Oldham Athletic match at Prenton Park on Saturday, 24 November.
A total of five people were arrested, as follows:
A 17-year-old boy from Rock Ferry, Wirral was arrested on suspicion of Section 5 public order and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
A 17-year-old boy from Thornton Hough, Wirral was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and obstructing police and was released under investigation pending further enquiries.
A 19-year-old man from Middleton was arrested for drunk and disorderly and issued with a penalty notice.
A 45-year-old man from Middleton was arrested for drunk and disorderly and issued with a penalty notice.
A 26-year-old man from Oldham was arrested for a public order offence issued with a penalty notice.
Match Commander, Chief Superintendent Dave Charnock, said: “Our policing of any football match puts the safety of supporters first, which can involve a number of tactics. In this case, we were responding appropriately to information about planned serious disorder following the game, and which was prevented.
“Our message to the small minority of fans intent on planning or carrying out violence or disorder at any match is that this type of behaviour in unacceptable and will simply not be tolerated. We can and do identify those responsible for such incidents and will issue sanctions including Banning Orders.
“We will be working closely with both clubs to investigate the events of Saturday and I want to thank the vast majority of supporters who attended the game in good spirits.
“It would have been alarming to those supporters to have been caught up in the events of Saturday and I want to reassure them that we only ever use such tactics for their protection and safety. I would ask anyone with information to come forward and we will take appropriate action.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.