The Met’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner has called the disorder during before, during and after the Millwall v Everton Cup match on Saturday ‘some of the most shocking football violence’ he had seen for some time.
Speaking outside New Scotland Yard this afternoon he said had a highly-skilled team are piecing all evidence including video footage and vowed: “We will use this evidence and all tools within our power to locate the individuals involved in this ridiculous behaviour, whether they come from London, Liverpool or elsewhere. We will bring them to justice.”
Scenes of the disorder on Saturday were posted online showing large groups of Millwall and Everton ‘fans’ clashing on Hawkstone Road, near Surrey Quays and the damage caused to businesses in the area including Wheelans pub on Rotherhithe Old Road.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, said: “The disorder which occurred before, during and after the Millwall v Everton Cup match on Saturday, 26 January was some of the most shocking football violence we have seen for some time.
“The abhorrent behaviour lasted a number of hours, involved dozens of people, and resulted in at least one serious injury.
“One man was taken to hospital with a horrific, life-changing injury to his face. One of our officers was also injured, and has now been discharged from hospital.
“At the start of the operation, around 200 officers were deployed, but as the situation developed more specially trained public order officers, including the Met’s Territorial Support Group, were sent in support from Central London.
“Having watched widespread footage of this violence circulating on social media, I am reminded of the courage, professionalism and restraint of our public order officers and I am grateful for their efforts on Saturday afternoon.
“Their determination in restoring order was outstanding despite, furniture, bottles and glass being launched at them as they attempted to disperse the crowd. A number of coaches carrying away fans were also damaged.
“The team work shown by officers from units across the Met, together with colleagues from British Transport Police, prevented the violence escalating further, and led to swift resolution where violence did erupt.
“Dedicated evidence gatherers put themselves in the way of danger, and obtained a substantial amount of footage of the violent disorder.
“We have a highly-skilled team closely reviewing this evidence as we speak, and I am confident we will soon know the identities of those involved.
“We will use this evidence and all tools within our power to locate the individuals involved in this ridiculous behaviour, whether they come from London, Liverpool or elsewhere. We will bring them to justice.
“Once identified we will also proactively explore ways of restricting those intent on engaging in violence and disorder from attending these events in future.
“I would urge anyone with information to call police on 101 quoting CAD 5117/26 January, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”