Bumper crowd for Blues but trouble flares at the Turnbull

Flares were thrown during Whitby Town's clash with FC United of Manchester
Flares were thrown during Whitby Town's clash with FC United of Manchester

Police are appealing for witnesses after trouble flared during Whitby Town’s clash with FC United of Manchester at the Turnbull Ground on Wednesday evening.

A bumper crowd of 810 attended the Evo-Stik Premier Division fixture, but smoke bombs and flares were thrown, a number of supporters ejected and one man arrested as the Blues slumped to a 4-0 defeat

Police say that the disorder predominantly involved the home supporters, with flares being set off and thrown into the crowd and onto the pitch.

Officers believe that the flares were hidden inside the Turnbull Ground at some point before the match.

An 18-year-old local man has been arrested in connection with the disorder and the police are working to identify other people who were involved.

In particular, officers would like to hear from anyone who filmed or took photos of the trouble.

Anyone with footage is asked to email it to rebecca.lalor@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Readers can provide information about the disorder by calling North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Sgt Rebecca Lalor or Whitby police.

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12150053066 when passing information about this incident.