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Police search for football troublemakers after clash

Lincolnshire Police are looking for witnesses to a clash between rival Lincoln City and Leicester City fans in Lincoln on Saturday, August 4.

The incident happened on Guildhall Street at around 4.45pm, as football fans came to the city despite the friendly match being cancelled over security fears.

Chairs and tables were used as weapons and two males from Leicester were arrested for Public Order offences in the clash.

Anyone who witnessed the incident are urged to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 and quote incident 350 of 03/08/2012.

Throughout the day a total of seven dispersal notices were issued to males from both Lincoln and Leicester, instructing them to leave the city centre.

A further arrest was made of a Leicester male for being drunk and disorderly at Lincoln train station.

The Lincoln – Leicester friendly match was cancelled after police were tipped that the match may be disrupted by people travelling to Lincoln with the intention of causing serious disorder.

Lincoln City Football Club said it has lost more than £60,000 after it had to cancel two matches due to the security threats from fans.

The club’s board said last season’s policing costs directly related to people trying to create public disorder ran to a five-figure sum, and over the years their antics have cost the club a six-figure amount.