Cleveland Police arrest eight at Middlesbrough v Leeds match

The 2013 National Police Memorial Day Service  for the North and Western Divisions is being held in Fleetwood.

The 2013 National Police Memorial Day Service for the North and Western Divisions is being held in Fleetwood.

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Eight arrests were made at the Middlesbrough V Leeds match today -including one man on suspicion of throwing missiles onto the pitch.

Cleveland Police arrested a man in his 40s from the West Yorkshire area on suspicion of throwing missiles onto the pitch.

Two teenage boys from the West Yorkshire area were arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence; a local man in his 30s on suspicion of entering the field of play; and a man in his 40s from the West Yorkshire area on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence. A local man in his late teens was also arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly; a local man in his 30s on suspicion of assault and a local man in his 20s on suspicion of a public order offence.

All remain in police custody awaiting questioning.

Cleveland Police’s Chief Insp Dave Sutherland, Match Commander today, said: “I would like to thank our partners at both Clubs, at Middlesbrough Council and at the British Transport Police for their input and help in preparing for today’s match.

“Given the numbers who attended, there was a relatively small number of arrests, however it is always disappointing to see there remains a small minority intent on committing antisocial behaviour or crime at football matches.

“Rest assured, we will always take steps to deal with those who persist in causing disorder or committing crime and we will use all the powers at our disposal, including Football Banning Orders.”