Police appeal to Pools fans

Stuart Nelson on his knees in the penalty area as referee Langford makes his way into the penalty area
Stuart Nelson on his knees in the penalty area as referee Langford makes his way into the penalty area

POLICE are calling on Hartlepool United fans to tell them who threw objects at an opposition goalkeeper.

Two Pools fans were injured during the club’s home game on Saturday after keeper Stuart Nelson kicked a ball into the College of FE stand, known as the Town End, of the club’s Victoria Park.

The incident sparked anger among the home fans and objects were thrown at the Notts County player shortly after the second goal of Pools 3-0 win on Saturday.

At least one object hit the 30-year-old and caused him to fall down on one knee.

The game was then temporarily stopped as referee Oliver Langford and a Notts County physio checked he was ok.

Police are now asking Pools fans to help find those responsible for hurling the items onto the pitch.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “Police are continuing to investigate an incident which happened during a football match between Hartlepool United and Notts County.

“Officers are working closely with the club in order to identify the perpetrators involved and bring any offenders to justice.”

The Hartlepool Mail reported how two men needed first aid treatment for minor injuries after the ball was kicked into the home end.

It hit one fan in the arm before ricocheting into the side of the head of another at around 4.10pm on Saturday, February 18.

Both supporters received treatment at the ground from St John Ambulance medics, but did not need to be taken to hospital.

A few objects then seemed to be thrown from the College of FE stand, but soon stopped as fellow fans shouted for the missiles to stop.

A spokesman for Hartlepool United said: “The club are working closely with police to identify the fan who threw an object onto the pitch during Saturday’s game with Notts County.

“Play was held up for a short while after visiting keeper Stuart Nelson was struck by something thrown from the crowd in the

second half of the match at

Victoria Park.”

Pauline McSweeney, secretary of the Hartlepool United Supporters’ Association, told the Mail after the incident that the throwing of objects has the potential to damage the club’s reputation.

l Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact PC Mick Hume, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency

101 number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.