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Seven arrested in football raids in Birmingham

Seven men have been arrested in dawn raids across Birmingham in connection with trouble at a derby match in the city last month.

Trouble flared at the Premier League game between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on 31 October.

The men, aged between 18 to 45, are from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, Acocks Green, Erdington, Small Heath and Chelmsley Wood and Great Barr.

All were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, police said.

The game was a goalless draw.

'Hand yourself in'

All seven have since been released on bail, West Midlands Police said.

The teams are due to meet again in a League Cup game on Wednesday and police have been urging fans to enjoy the fixture.

Det Insp Derek Packham, who led the raids, said: "Today's operation is the first of a series we have planned in order to capture those suspected of violence at football matches.

"My message to those who were involved in the disorder at the last derby is hand yourself in now and spare your friends, family and yourself the humiliation of seeing your photograph on the news and having a offices arrest you at your home or place of work.

"Make no mistake, we have the evidence, we have your details, we will arrest you."

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