Glasgow & West Scotland

Six arrested over violence at Kilmarnock v Ayr Utd match

Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Image copyright SNS
Image caption The disorder took place after the match at Rugby Park

Six men have been arrested in connection with allegations of violence and disorder after the Kilmarnock versus Ayr United League Cup match in August.

The men were arrested at various addresses across the county including Ayr, Drongan and Springside.

They are aged between 17 and 28 and will appear in court at a later date.

The operation involved the police, the Gangs Task Force and the National Football Co-ordination Unit Scotland.

The match took place at Rugby Park on 26 August.

Safe environment

Those arrested have been reported to the procurator fiscal under section 1 of the Offensive Behaviour at Football (Scotland) Act 2012.

Sgt Colin Convery, from the Ayrshire divisional Violence Reduction Unit, said: "Police Scotland is committed to delivering a policing plan that will ensure events, such as football matches, take place in a safe environment.

"Violence and disorder on our streets, disrupts the lives of our local communities and it will not be tolerated.

"If people think that because they are not arrested on the day then they have got away with it - let me assure that this is not the case.

"We will carry out extensive inquiries to ensure that those who engage in such violence and disorder are brought to justice at the earliest opportunity."

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