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Arrests as Gillingham FC and Swindon Town FC fans clash at train station after 2-0 win in Sky Bet League One match

19 January 2014
by Joe Walker

Police were forced to make arrests as rival football fans clashed in Gillingham yesterday.

Two men were taken into custody following the disturbance at the town’s train station after the Gills’ 2-0 win over Swindon Town.

Police were called at about 5pm as home supporters confronted away fans gathered at the entrance to the station.

Huge police presence in Gillingham High Street

Huge police presence in Gillingham High Street

Extra officers and a dog unit had been drafted in to help police the event and were forced to wade in and separate the rival groups.

No one was hurt and the away fans were eventually moved onto the train.

There had been a huge police presence inside and outside the ground during the match, with rivalry between the two sides dating back to the 1970s.

In 2012 police had to intervene to avoid a tense stand-off as the fans again clashed outside the town’s train station.

Speaking after the latest incident, Insp Joy Dean, from the Medway Community Safety Unit, said: “Kent Police was well-prepared for potential clashes between supporters from both sides.

Michael Harriman scored against Swindon. Picture Barry Goodwin

Michael Harriman scored against Swindon. Picture: Barry Goodwin

“This one disturbance just after the match was the only significant incident related to the football and was dealt with swiftly and robustly by officers, with no damage to property and no injuries to the public.”

Two men, a 51-year-old from Canterbury and an 18-year-old from Swindon, were arrested on suspicion of public order offences.

They have been released on bail while officers make further enquiries.

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