Four fans charged after missiles thrown during Rovers v Blackpool game

Blackpool v Blackburn
Blackpool v Blackburn

Four men have been charged by police in connection with disorder between Blackpool FC and Blackburn Rovers FC fans.

On August 31, the clubs played a league match in the EFL Championship at Blackpool's home ground, Bloomfield Road.

At half time, police received reports of disorder in an away area between the North Stand and East Stand.

It was alleged supporters, separated by a wooden fence, were throwing missiles.

Following CCTV enquiries, police identified a number of individuals in connection with the offences.

Four Blackpool FC supporters were later arrested and charged by police.

PC Stacey Hardy, of Blackpool Police, said: “We will not allow or tolerate any disorder at football matches in our county.

“Most match-going fans go to games to enjoy the game but, sadly, the behaviour of a few let the majority down.

“I must stress, while a number of people have been arrested and charged, our enquiries around this investigation are very much ongoing.

"We believe other fans were linked to this disorder and we are working with Blackpool FC to identify them.”

The following people have been charged with throwing a missile at an area adjacent to pitch and public order offences.

All are due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on October 18.

• Donald Pollock, 31, of Malvern Avenue, Blackpool.

• Jack Oldrid, 33, of Beattock Place, Bispham.

• Edward Burke, 27, of Lune Grove Blackpool.

• Christopher Jones, 21, of Chistlehurst Avenue, Blackpool.

A Blackpool FC spokesperson added: “Blackpool FC fully supports any action taken by police to prevent disorder and ensure the safety of fans.

“The club will continue working with police and absolutely will not tolerate any violent behaviour from supporters.”