Football violence – eight fans charged

Chief Insp Richard Robertshaw

Chief Insp Richard Robertshaw

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Eight people have been charged following the violent scenes that marred Chorley’s top-of-the-table clash with Chester City in February.

After a lengthy investigation, police have charged a number of supporters from both clubs with violent disorder.

A total of 10 people have been arrested, and eight have been charged.

They’re due to appear at Chorley Magistrates’ Court on June 29.

Those charged are: Carl Unsworth, aged 30, of Canal Walk, Chorley; Gareth Roberts, 30, of Draperfield, Chorley; Lee Woodcock, 34, of Marian Drive, Great Boughton, Chester; Samuel Hay, 22, of Shawheath Close, Hulme Manchester; Stephen Kay, 39, of Longacre, Clayton Brook; Paris Blackburn, 23, of Bolton Road, Chorley; Colin Dunn, 23, of Park Road, Chorley; and Anthony Kay, 42, of Lyon Road, Keighley.

Ch Insp Richard Robertshaw, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “I gave a commitment immediately after the match that the police investigation into the matter would leave no stone unturned.  Whilst I can understand people will have been concerned by the delay since the match, my priority has always been for the investigation team to pull together a strong case.

“This has involved a massive amount of work in terms of piecing together CCTV footage; evidence captured by police officers, footage from the police helicopter and witness accounts.

“We are now in a position to charge eight suspects and put them before the courts. It’s right and proper that their cases be allowed to proceed without prejudice.”

Both Chorley and Chester were promoted at the end of the season and are due to meet again when the Evo-Stik Premier League kicks off.

The game in February was watched by a crowd of 3,223, the biggest at Victory Park for 15 years. Chester City won 1-0.