Doncaster Rovers fans arrested in raids

Detective Inspector Glen Alderson
Detective Inspector Glen Alderson

Five Doncaster Rovers fans were arrested yesterday in dawn raids by police investigating a serious incident involving rival supporters on a train.

Trouble flared hours after Rovers fans had enjoyed their epic League One championship victory at Brentford in London on the last day of the season.

Since the incident on April 27 railway police have spent hours trawling through CCTV footage taken on the King’s Cross to Doncaster train, and at Newark station, where the alleged fighting erupted.

A total of 15 supporters of Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest have been identified from the images and in an early morning operation yesterday, five were detained by British Transport Police.

Houses in Scawthorpe, Thorne, Kirk Sandall and Thurnscoe were raided and the men taken in for questioning.More arrests are expected over the next couple of weeks as the net closes in on other men believed to have been involved in the serious disorder which left one young man scarred for life.

The rival supporters had been involved in banter on the train back from London but it got out of hand.

It is believed the Nottingham Forest fans called for friends to meet them when the train pulled into Newark station and about 20-30 people were involved in a melee in one of coaches.

One of the Forest fans is alleged to have smashed a bottle on the side of the coach and ‘glassed’ one of the Rovers fans.

Det Insp Alderson, of BTP Doncaster, added: “Fans seem to to think if they get away with it on the day it’s put to bed and nothing happens to them. But we do investigate serious disorder like this and we are committed to following jobs through and they will get a knock on the door at some stage.”

The five males, aged 41, 23, 19, 19 and 16 were questioned and released on bail until August pending further enquiries.