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POLICE STATEMENT | Three more arrests following violence at Oldham match in October

Investigation remains in progress and concerted efforts to locate other suspects are a working priority

1 April 2023

Three men have been arrested in relation to offences which occurred at Wrexham AFC’s away match against Oldham Athletic earlier this season.

The males are suspected of involvement in violent disorder which occurred prior to the FA Cup first round fixture on 1 October, 2022.

A 22-year-old from Buckley and two males from Wrexham, aged 55 and 51 respectively, were questioned by officers and have subsequently been bailed pending further enquiries.

Their arrests follow intensive investigative work undertaken by North Wales Police and colleagues in Greater Manchester Police, which also resulted in six arrests for similar offences in January.

DS Paul Jones said: “As a force, we have proactively sought out those involved in the violent disturbances which occurred prior to this fixture.

“We have worked closely with GMP officers in reviewing CCTV footage to identify those responsible and our enquiries remain ongoing.

“The individuals arrested in the last 24 hours will be unable to attend future matches due to the bail conditions imposed and, if convicted, they could each receive lengthy Football Banning Orders.

“I am keen to stress that this investigation remains in progress and that concerted efforts to locate other suspects are a working priority.”

The arrests were made ahead of this weekend’s National League home fixture between Wrexham and Oldham at The Racecourse.

An increased matchday policing presence will be visible throughout the city both before and after the game.

DS Jones added: “We know that the overwhelming majority of Wrexham supporters are well-behaved and are justifiably proud of their side’s achievements this season.

“However, there is a small number of individuals intent on causing disorder, which all too often manifests itself in violence towards others.

“North Wales Police continues to work with Wrexham football club and the local community to rid match days of this inappropriate and often dangerous behaviour. “

Wrexham AFC CEO Fleur Robinson said: “As we head into some key fixtures at the end of the 2022/23 season, this is a reminder of the consequences of unacceptable behaviour around football matches.

“Our supporters have been incredible this season, in number and in noise, and we would like to thank the vast majority who have very much played their part in what we have achieved on the pitch.

“However, any supporters partaking in unacceptable behaviour have, as we have repeatedly stated, no place at our Football Club.

“Three more individuals have been arrested and will receive banning orders, meaning they miss out on this incredible journey we are on.

“Thank you again to North Wales Police and Greater Manchester Police for their work in making these arrests following the game in October.

“We will continue to work closely with NWP to ensure Wrexham AFC matches remain welcoming and enjoyable occasions for all of our true and loyal supporters.”

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