Images of the suspects. Pic: Metropolitan Police
Images of a group of Crystal Palace supporters suspected of setting off fireworks and attacking police officers before a Premier League match in March have been released by the Metropolitan police.
The 14 men were captured on CCTV allegedly taking part in the disturbances outside the Selhurst Park ground before the Premier League match against Brighton on March 9.
Officers were called to the spot after it was reported that a large group of fans were causing trouble. They set off fireworks shortly after the arrival of officers.
One of the members in the group was arrested for a pyrotechnic related offence which triggered the group to surge towards officers. According to the Metropolitan Police, they “began pushing, shoving and becoming increasingly aggressive”. The group managed to free the arrested man who fled afterwards.
Selhurst Park Stadium. Pic: Crystal Palace Football Club
Inspector Matt Ashmead from the Met’s Central Football Unit said: “The actions of those involved in this incident were aggressive and intimidating. In the latter stages, they had the sole objective of attacking officers to ensure the escape of the detained male.”
“We have made a number of identifications already, but we are now appealing for the assistance of the public in identifying the remainder.”
If anyone recognises any of the men identified in the image released by the Metropolitan police, please call 020 8246 0076. Alternatively, anonymous phone calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.