10-year-old arrested in hooliganism probe

Police arrested a 10-year-old boy on suspicion of being involved in violence following a recent football derby between Portsmouth and Southampton.

The child was arrested along with a 14-year-old girl, five men from Portsmouth and two men from Fareham and Emsworth on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with the incident after the Fratton Park match in Portsmouth on March 21 this year.

More than 300 people were believed to be involved in the violence which saw police being pelted with missiles, shops looted and cars attacked.

A total of 32 people have already been charged in connection with the violence and officers believe that another 80 could be prosecuted for violent disorder.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that a 10-year-old boy has been arrested and questioned on suspicion of violent disorder in connection with the Portsmouth versus Southampton football match.”

The nine detained in the latest wave of arrests in connection with the match have been bailed to re-attend Southsea police station on June 21, the spokeswoman added.

Acting Detective Sergeant Gary Cable said: “There are still a large number of people that we need to identify even though we are eight weeks after the event.

“They will be found and they will be interviewed. We are looking at banning orders. We will not tolerate football violence.”

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