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Three arrested on suspicion of football related disorder

February 20, 2013, 11:40 am

Essex Police have this morning (Wednesday 20 February) arrested three men in connection with football related violence as part of their operation in the run up to tonight’s match between Southend Utd and Leyton Orient.

Two men, aged 22 and 20, from Southend and one man, aged 21, from Grays, were arrested at their home addresses this morning on suspicion of affray.

They have all been taken to police stations for questioning in connection with an incident of disorder reported to have occurred at a pub in Leytonstone, in London, on Saturday 26 January 2013.

Superintendent Adrian Coombs, of Essex Police, said: “We will be carrying out an operation in Southend tonight with the aim of keeping everyone safe before, during and after the match.

“As part of our pro-active approach to tackling potential disorder we have today carried out the arrests of these suspects who are believed to have previously been involved in football related violence.

“Our message to everyone attending tonight’s game is to have a safe and enjoyable evening but if anyone attends intent on causing trouble then they are likely to end up spending their time in police custody.”

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