Essex

Southend and Cambridge fans fight broken up with CS spray

The Railway pub in Southend Image copyright Google
Image caption Police were called to the Railway pub in East Street about two-and-a-half hours after the match finished

Police used CS spray to break up a fight between rival football fans outside a pub in Southend.

Three men were arrested following the clash outside the Railway pub, said to have involved about 15 people, and one man suffered serious head injuries.

Essex Police arrested two men on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and one for criminal damage.

The pub is less than a mile from Roots Hall stadium where Southend United and Cambridge United had drawn 0-0.

Police said they were called to the pub in East Street at about 19:20 GMT on Saturday. They said a man in his 40s from Suffolk was found on the ground with serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal London Hospital.

A 33-year-old man from Southend and a 23-year-old man from Westcliff were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

A 47-year-old man from Cambridge was held on suspicion of causing criminal damage, relating to damage to the pub door.

Police said East Street was likely to be closed for most of Sunday.

Image caption CS spray was used by police to contain the football fans and bring the fight to an end
Image caption Police have cordoned off the area where the fight took place and East Street will remain shut for most of Sunday

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