Football fans arrested following dawn raids on the Wirral Date published: 9th August 2017 7.23am

Officers from Cheshire Police have today, Wednesday 9 August, carried out a series of warrants across the Wirral as part of an investigation into disorder following a football match.

Four men from the the Wirral have been arrested on suspicion of affray. The men, age 20, 29, 31 and 44, are all currently in custody assisting officers with their enquiries.

The arrests relate to disorder in Chester city centre on Friday 3 March following the Chester FC v Tranmere Rovers football match.

Detective Sergeant Simon Owens said: “Today’s warrants are the culmination of a five-month investigation. In the hours following the match we received multiple calls regarding the behaviour of a group of supporters in the Northgate Street area of the city. Thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to a pub on Northgate Street and customers were threatened.

“Following the incident, we have spent a significant amount of time gathering evidence, analysing CCTV images and working with our colleagues in Merseyside Police which has led to today’s action.”

Chief Inspector Mike Evans from Chester Local Policing Unit added: “While the majority of football fans who attended the match last season were well behaved and had an enjoyable time, unfortunately there were a small number who were intent on committing crime and disrupting the lives of  those who live work and visit Chester and this will not be tolerated in our city.

“With the new season just begun today’s action should serve as a warning to football fans looking to visit Chester to cause trouble. Anyone who commits an offence will be located and brought to justice, no matter where they live.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the officers who have supported today’s operation, including our colleagues at Merseyside Police, without their support today’s action would not have been possible.”