Police plea to identify men after officer and horse attacked before Hartlepool United play-off final
Police are looking for two men in connection with incidents ahead of Hartlepool United’s play-off final in Bristol on Sunday.
Officers have released photos of two men they wish to speak to in connection with a suspected assault on an emergency worker and a separate public order incident.
It is believed the incidents happened at around 12.20 pm in the Ashton Road area of Bristol ahead of the National League Final on Sunday, June 20.
A statement from Avon and Somerset Police on Thursday said: “We are currently investigating two incidents that happened ahead of the Vanarama National League Play-Off Final between Hartlepool United and Torquay United in Bristol on Sunday 20 June.
“We’re releasing photos of two males we wish to identify to assist with our inquiries in relation to a suspected assault on an emergency worker and a separate public order incident.
“We believe both incidents happened at about 12.40pm in the Ashton Road area as supporters gathered in the street.
"We wish to identify Person FB1 in connection with a flare being thrown that struck a mounted officer. The officer on the horse received minor facial injuries but did not require hospital treatment. The horse was fortunately unharmed.
"Officers also want to speak to Person FB2 in relation to another incident whereby a police horse was physically struck. Thankfully the horse again sustained no injury.”
Force Football Officer PC Mark Neal added: “We’re keen to hear from anyone who recognises either of these individuals as we hope they can assist us with our enquiries.
“Both of the males were among groups of Hartlepool supporters at the time and therefore we’re working with the football club and Cleveland Police.
“Four fans were also ejected from the stadium during the match and enquiries into those incidents are continuing to take place.
“While it was disappointing to see supporters ignore instructions not to go on the pitch at the end of the game, we’re grateful to the majority of fans who were well-behaved and engaged with police both before and after the match.”
“Anyone who can help us with our enquiries is asked to call Avon and Somerset Police on 101 and give reference number 5221134549 or report it online.”