Police reveal snaps after Featherstone v Halifax clash and say: We want to talk to you

Wakefield District Police today appealed for the public's help to identify eight men they would like to trace in relation to an outbreak of disorder at Featherstone Rover's home game against Halifax on Thursday June 17.''Following the Northern Rail Cup semi-final at the Big Fellas Stadium there was an outbreak of disorder both inside and outside the ground.
Wakefield District Police today appealed for the public's help to identify eight men they would like to trace in relation to an outbreak of disorder at Featherstone Rover's home game against Halifax on Thursday June 17.''Following the Northern Rail Cup semi-final at the Big Fellas Stadium there was an outbreak of disorder both inside and outside the ground.
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POLICE today appealed for help ater disorder at a Fax RL match.

Officers from Wakefield want to talk to the eight men in these pictures taken at the Featherstone Rovers v Halifax Northern Rail Cup semi-final on June 17.

Several Halifax supporters ran on to the pitch at the end of the game at the Big Fellas Stadium, Featherstone, chased by Featherstone fans.

This spilled out into the car park and on to Station Lane where two groups of fans confronted each other from opposite sides of the road.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

No other complaints were received by officers, although it is understood a number of people may have been injured in the incident.

Inspector Lisa Kirkland, of Normanton and Featherstone Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It is important to stress that this incident involved a small minority of those who attended the ground, and we are working both clubs to identify those responsible to ensure the vast majority of supporters can enjoy matches safely.

“We will not tolerate this type of trouble and will take action to combat it.”

Fax chairman Michael Steele was critical of the police for not approaching the club with the images.

He said: “Although we have offered the police assistance they haven’t taken up the offer.

“It would’ve been better if they had approached us before putting these photos in the public domain.

“We have asked people at the club to have a look at the photos and we will help if we can.

“Yesterday well over 3000 Halifax supporters attended a match which they lost right at the end.

“The safety people at the ground and from the league said the behaviour of our fans was exemplary - there was no misbehaviour and that is more typical of rugby league supporters in general and the fans of Halifax.”

Anyone with information about the photographs or regarding the incident should contact Normanton and Featherstone Neighbourhood Policing Team on 01924 295454 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.