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Oxford Utd Swindon Town match: 13 fans arrested

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Image caption The game kicked-off at noon to help avoid fans drinking before the match

Thirteen people were arrested following a football match between Oxford United and Swindon Town.

The arrests were made after trouble flared at the league two game at Oxford's Kassam Stadium on Saturday.

Police said a bus carrying Swindon supporters to the game was damaged by some passengers who were also throwing objects from the vehicle.

Five of the people were later released without charge. The remaining eight have been bailed until early April.

During the game, seats were thrown into areas containing rival fans. Another bus was also damaged after the game.

Thames Valley Police increased security in Oxford ahead of the match, drafting in mounted officers, dog units and its helicopter.

Police also stopped a bus on the B480 after the game when passengers caused damage and debris was thrown out of the vehicle towards other vehicles.

Ch Insp Olly Wright, who led the policing operation, said: "As expected, the majority of people attending the match were law-abiding and genuine fans intent on upholding the true spirit of the occasion.

"Sadly, there were was a small minority of people who let themselves and their team down by engaging in violent or disruptive behaviour, resulting in 13 arrests.

"Our policing operation managed to prevent any disorder in the wider city despite the attempts made by this small minority who were clearly intent on causing trouble, and officers were successful in keeping rival troublemakers apart."

Those remaining on bail are aged between 14 and 43 and are from Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and London.

Three were held on suspicion of criminal damage to a bus, three on suspicion of public order offences, one was arrested on suspicion of having alcohol at a designated sporting event and one was held on suspicion of theft and possessing class A drugs.

When the two sides met in August in Swindon there were 12 arrests for low level disorder and drunkenness.

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