Nottingham

Seventeen Forest and Notts football fans arrested over mass city brawl

Major Oak Pub, Nottingham City Centre Image copyright Google
Image caption Police said they believed the fight had been pre-arranged by fans of the two Nottingham teams

Seventeen football fans of two teams in Nottingham have been arrested over a huge brawl in the city centre.

Groups of Nottingham Forest and Notts County fans were involved in a fight at the Major Oak pub in Pelham Street, Nottingham, on 19 March.

Police said they believed the fight had been organised between two gangs.

The men, aged between 19 and 28, included 11 Forest fans and six Notts fans. They were arrested early on Tuesday morning.

The arrests were made across Nottingham and Derbyshire.

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Image caption Both sets of supporters had seen their team lose on 19 March

Ch Supt Mark Holland said: "One of the lines of enquiry we are looking at is that this was a pre-arranged fight and not a spontaneous coming together of rival groups.

"It is only by sheer good fortune that no-one was seriously injured."

Last week two Notts County fans were banned from all football grounds in the country for three years following trouble at a Mansfield Town game.

Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption The 17 men were arrested at addresses in Nottingham, as well as Derby and Ilkeston and South Normanton in Derbyshire

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