26th Jun, 2022

Police appeal after disturbance during good-natured Coventry City fans’ celebration

POLICE are investigating after disorder broke out during an otherwise good-natured gathering of celebrating Coventry City fans in the city centre last night (June 9).

Several hundred people met in Broadgate from 5pm to celebrate news that Coventry City had been promoted to the Championship.

West Midlands Police said: “The gathering was good natured until around 9.15pm when some of the group chased two men who were not part of the gathering.

“It’s alleged one of the two men brandished a knife towards the group.

“Our officers put themselves between the crowd and the two men to prevent further disorder.

“A group had gathered near the Godiva statue in Coventry

“Bottles and other missiles were thrown but no-one was injured; a window was broken during the disturbance.

“Both men were searched and escorted away from the scene. A knife was later recovered from a bin and CCTV enquiries will be progressed today.”

Coventry Police Superintendent Phil Healy, said: “Our officers acted with great courage to put themselves between the group and the two men to prevent the situation escalating further.

“I would like to pay credit to the professionalism they demonstrated in what was clearly a very challenging situation.

“This type of disorder is totally unacceptable and we have launched an enquiry into the violence and the damage to property.

“We will also be investigating suggestions that the men were armed with a knife.”

No-one was injured during the incident but an intoxicated 17-year-old male was taken to hospital having fallen and suffered a head injury.

If anyone has any information or video footage that may assist police enquiries, they can get in touch via Live Chat at WMP Online or by calling us on 101. Please quote log 2731 from 9 June.

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