Lancashire

Twelve arrested at Blackburn v Burnley derby match

There have been twelve arrests at the east Lancashire football derby between Blackburn and Burnley.

The arrests followed damage caused to buses used to transport fans to the Championship match at Ewood Park, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

There was also damage to toilets and one witness said a missile, believed to be a coin, was thrown on to the pitch.

Police said the arrests were for "relatively minor offences and the game passed off without any major incident".

Supt Jon Puttock said: "I would like to thank the supporters for being patient, especially around travel arrangements.

"It was clear that at the end of the game there was a number of people intent on causing trouble, however the police, working closely with stewards prevented this from happening.

"The game has passed off without any major incident, although some toilets were damaged in the Darwen End and also some windows were pushed out of some of the buses."

He said officers will remain on duty in Blackburn and Burnley to deal with any other issues that may occur and to provide reassurance to residents.

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