Police release pictures of 15 they want to speak to over disorder during Coventry City's 'promotion party' - The Coventry Observer

Police release pictures of 15 they want to speak to over disorder during Coventry City's 'promotion party'

Coventry Editorial 8th Sep, 2020 Updated: 8th Sep, 2020   0

PICTURES of 15 people police want to speak to about violence which broke out during Coventry City’s ‘unofficial promotion party’ have been released.

Trouble flared on June 9 in Broadgate where several hundred people gathered to toast the team’s promotion to the Championship.

It has been alleged two men approached the group with a knife which led to trouble erupting.

Police officers put themselves between the crowd and the two men to protect them and to prevent further violence.

A window was broken during the disturbance but no-one was injured.

Detectives scoured CCTV and social media clips and have already identified 11 people suspected of being involved in the violence, including the two men who had been targeted by the group.

They have either been arrested or voluntarily interviewed and released while enquires continue.

The pictures released today are of 15 more people who were there on the night and suspected of being involved in the disorder.

Coventry Police’s Det Insp Amar Patel said: “This has been a painstaking investigation – we have spent hundreds of hours examining CCTV and social media footage in a bid to identify people who played a significant role in the disorder.

“This was a very serious outbreak of violence and it’s fortunate no-one was badly hurt.

“We’re still working to understand exactly what happened in the build-up to the trouble and I would encourage the people in these images to come and speak to us so we can hear their side of the story.”

Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy said: “We would encourage those people in these photos to come forward to the Police with information regarding the incident and to give their side of the story to help the police investigation.”

Anyone with any information on who they are should call police on 101 or convey the information via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk

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