Thames Valley Police made eight arrests yesterday which were linked to last night’s football match between Oxford United and Millwall FC. A 32-year-old man from was arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in police custody. A 32-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of attempting to enter a football match whilst drunk and has been bailed until 7 April 2016.A 19-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of affray and remains in police custody. A 17-year-old boy from Bexley was arrested on suspicion of affray and has been bailed until 18 March 2016. A 24-year old man from Bexley was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and possession of a Class A drug. He has been bailed until 4 April 2016. A 56-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of affray and has been bailed until 13 April 2016. A 20-year-old man from Wantage was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and has been bailed until 18 April 2016. A 54-year-old man from Epping was arrested on suspicion of assault with injury and has been bailed until 18 March 2016. Local Police Area Commander from Oxford, Christian Bunt said: “Unfortunately we had a sizeable number of people who associate themselves with Millwall and Oxford Football Clubs who had clearly come to the game to only cause trouble.
“We were forced to deal with a number of disorderly incidents which included serious violence. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable and will be dealt with robustly. I have instigated a post match investigation and I expect a large number of arrests to be made in the coming weeks.
“If you are identified as being involved in the trouble last night then expect a knock at the door soon.
“It is a great shame that these individuals ruin football events for genuine supporters who attended the match peacefully. It is also disappointing that this disorder has disrupted the wider Oxford public.
“If anyone has any information or was a witness to any of the incidents last night please contact us on 101 and an officer will get in contact with you.”
The horses came under attack by a few people attending the match. The horse Odin suffered a cut to his leg as a result of a bottle being thrown. Mallory had a bottle smashed over him and his rider.
Sgt Spencer Kervin, head of Thames Valley Police Mounted section said: “I am very disappointed in the behaviour towards the horses, of the minority who call themselves fans. Officers on the horses have a job to do, and I don’t expect to come under attack from bottles and stones as a result of them trying to keep the peace