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Nine arrested over rioting in Dunfermline

Image caption An alleged group of fans were involved in serious violence and disorder in Dunfermline

Nine people have been arrested after a group of fans were allegedly involved in serious violence and disorder in Dunfermline town centre.

It follows an incident before the Scottish Premier League fixture between Dunfermline and Dundee United, on 29 October 2011.

Nine men, aged between 19 and 43 have been detained in Dundee in relation to mobbing and rioting in the Fife town.

They are due to appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Monday.

It follows a joint investigation between Fife Constabulary, Tayside Police and the Football Co-ordination Unit for Scotland (FoCUS).

Violent behaviour

Det Insp David Russell, of Fife Constabulary, said: "Following the unacceptable conduct of a group intent on causing football related disorder, officers from Fife Constabulary have worked closely with colleagues throughout Scotland to ensure that those considered responsible are identified and brought before the courts."

Ch Supt John Pow, of Fife Constabulary, said: "We will not tolerate violent behaviour of this kind.

"I take this opportunity to advise anyone who is intent in travelling into Fife to cause disruption of this nature that we will continue to take robust action against those involved.

"We will ensure that those within our communities can go about their life peacefully and safely."

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