Appeal for information after smoke bombs set off at football match

Police are appealing for information and video footage after a number of smoke bombs were set off at a football match between Chester FC and AFC Telford, at the Deva Stadium, in Chester.

At around 4.20pm on Sunday 2 January, three smoke bombs were ignited after a goal was scored. Two were thrown onto the pitch, while the third was ignited amongst the supporters and remained in the stand.

One woman suffered breathing difficulties and was treated at the scene by paramedics, before returning to the stand.

There were no reports to police at the scene of any further injuries. However, officers are aware of media reports relating to a nine-year-old boy and enquiries are ongoing.

Officers are working with both clubs to establish who is responsible and to assist in seeking banner orders for those people.

Inspector Anna Galloway said, “While the vast majority of fans were well behaved throughout the match, sadly there were a small number of fans who decided to ignite and throw smoke bombs.

“Throwing objects onto the pitch during a regulated football match is a criminal offence and we are working closely with both clubs to identify those responsible.

“As part of our investigation, we are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who knows the identity of those involved along with anyone who may have video footage of the incident.”

Anyone with any information in or video footage is urged to contact Cheshire Police by visiting the Cheshire Police website  quoting IML 1160301.

Information can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the Crimestoppers website


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