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Police deal with number of incidents following football match in Ballymena

Police in Ballymena responded to seven incidents today following a football match in the Ballymena Showgrounds between this afternoon, Saturday 15th October.


Mid and East Antrim District Commander Superintendent Gillian Kearney said:

"We are extremely disappointed following the disorder involving a number of football fans in Ballymena this afternoon.


"As a result of seven incidents, in both the football stadium and in Ballymena town, we have arrested one man and one boy, and cautioned four other males.


"The man, aged 37, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault on police and disorderly behaviour. He has been released and a file will be submitted to the Public Prosecution Service.


"The boy, aged 16, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and firework offences. He has since been released on police bail.


"The four other males, aged between 14 and 18, were cautioned for a number of offences, including fireworks and disorderly behaviour.


"The two police officers who were assaulted, thankfully, received minor injuries and could remain on duty."


Superintendent Kearney continued:

"Those who are involved in this type of activity may only be a small minority, but they are ruining the experience for other football fans, as well as causing disruption in Ballymena town centre on a busy Saturday afternoon.


"Our officers will continue to patrol the Ballymena area tonight to prevent further incidents and provide reassurance to the local community. Anyone with any information about these incidents should contact Police on 101 and quote reference 4130 15/10/22."


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