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Police issue appeal to catch culprits involved in violence before FA Cup tie

Police have took to issue another appeal to catch culprits involved in the violence before the Nottingham Forest v Leicester FA Cup tie.

Images of those linked to the trouble which broke out prior to the game back in February 2022, have been released by police.

At 15:15 GMT a group of Leicester supporters began throwing bottles and street furniture near the The Cross Keys pub in Byard Lane as can be seen in footage throughout this article.

Officers have now released photos of seven men they believe have information on the trouble.



Police have released CCTV images of seven people they’d like to speak to following football-related violence in Nottingham city centre.

Officers were called to The Cross Keys pub, in Byard Lane, Lace Market, after receiving reports that a number of football fans were involved in violent disorder.

It was reported that a group of Leicester City supporters started throwing bottles and street furniture after getting into a dispute with Nottingham Forest fans who were inside the pub.

The incident happened on 6 February 2022 at around 3.15pm – in the lead up to the FA Cup clash between the East Midlands rivals at the City Ground later that day.

Police have been carrying out extensive enquiries since then and have identified a number of people they want to trace after trawling through CCTV footage filmed outside the bar.

Investigator Victoria Batterham, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We would ask that anyone who recognises any of the men pictured please gets in touch with us as soon as possible, as we believe they could have information that could assist our investigation.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes all reports of violence extremely seriously and will never tolerate any incidents of this nature taking place anywhere across our county.

“It really should go without saying but there is absolutely no excuse for anyone to ever behave in this manner, especially in the middle of the day and in a busy part of the city centre where young children could’ve been present.

“If anyone has any information that could assist us with our enquiries into this case, we’d ask that they get in touch with us immediately by calling 101, quoting incident 182 of 6 February 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

In April 2022, police arrested a further two men after the charging of five people in connection with the incident at Fat Cat bar in Chapel Bar, where windows were smashed.

Two men, aged 24 and 36 were arrested on Friday, April 22 on suspicion of violent disorder and have both been released under investigation.

It was reported that a group of Leicester City supporters smashed a number of windows and threw chairs and a table outside the bar, leaving members of the public fearing for their safety. The latest related arrests bring the total to eight.

Detective Sergeant Jon Kerry, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The actions of the people involved in this violent incident were completely unacceptable and led to some extremely unsavoury scenes in the middle of the city centre.

“There is absolutely no place for this kind of behaviour in our society, which is why our officers have worked so extensively as part of this investigation to identify suspects over the last couple of months.

“We are absolutely committed to identifying everyone responsible for bringing this violent commotion to our city, so that we can bring them to justice.”

A Leicester thug was handed a four month prison sentence for assaulting Nottingham Forest players during an FA Cup tie.

The 19 year old fan, Cameron Toner, will spent time in youth custody after assaulting three players during a match at the City Ground.

Toner, from Whetstone, Leicestershire, appeared in court charged with three counts of common assault and going onto the pitch at the football match.

He will serve half of his four-month sentence for assault before being released on licence, and has also been handed a £100 fine for entering the field of play during the FA Cup match on the 6th of February.

Toner pleaded guilty to assault by beating all three players and going into the playing area, the Nottingham Post reports, and gave a statement in court before being handed his sentence.

“I was under the influence of alcohol, having started drinking at 11am. I was not myself,” Toner said, as reported by The Athletic.

“I wish to apologise to Nottingham Forest, their players and supporters. I also wish to apologise to my friends, my family and all those connected with Leicester City.

“It was probably the adrenaline that kicked in.”

Toner, who attended the fixture with his dad, had been drinking Stella Artois and a cocktail of vodka, Southern Comfort and orange juice since 11am on the day of the game between Nottingham Forest and Leicester which kicked off at 4pm.

He had also taken cocaine on the Friday night before the match on Sunday, February the 6th.

The court also heard a statement from Keinan Davis, one of the trio assaulted along with teammates Brennan Johnson and Djed Spence as the players celebrated Joe Worrall’s goal during the first half of the game.

“I remember feeling shock about what happened and confused – how a man got on the pitch towards the players,” Davis said in his statement.

“I have no lasting injury but feel shocked and alarmed by events”.

“It was a determined attack on Forest players and, in my view, was cowardly,” district judge Leo Pyle said in an address to Toner before handing out the four-month sentence.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, of Nottinghamshire Police, had confirmed the authorities had been working with both clubs in the aftermath of the incident.

“Violence at football matches will not be tolerated. In this case Leicester City has said the individual involved will be subject to a life-time ban from all Leicester City fixtures at home and away,” he said.

“I hope the actions taken serve as a warning to anyone else that violent behaviour at football matches is taken extremely seriously and could land them with hefty consequences.”

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