9 in court over Dunfermline ‘mobbing and rioting’ allegations

Nine people have been arrested relating to alleged mobbing and rioting in Dunfermline.

Mobbing and rioting is a seldom used offence, however, the men were arrested following a joint investigation between officers of Fife Constabulary, Tayside Police and the Football Co-ordination Unit for Scotland (FoCUS).

It follows an incident before the Scottish Premier League fixture between Dunfermline and Dundee United, on 29 October 2011, where it is alleged a group of fans were involved in serious violence and disorder in Dunfermline Town Centre.

Nine men, aged between 19 and 43 years-of-age were detained in relation to mobbing and rioting and subsequently arrested in the Dundee and surrounding area on Friday, 16 December and were due to appear at Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Monday 19 December.

Detective Inspector David Russell, of Fife Constabulary who co-ordinated the action, said: “Following the unacceptable conduct of a group intent on causing football related disorder, officers from Fife Constabulary have worked closely with colleagues throughout Scotland to ensure that those considered responsible are identified and brought before the courts.”

Chief Superintendent John Pow, Head of Fife Constabulary’s Communities Policing Division, said: “We will not tolerate violent behaviour of this kind. I take this opportunity to advise anyone who is intent in travelling into Fife to cause disruption of this nature that we will continue to take robust action against those involved. We will ensure that those within our communities can go about their life peacefully and safely.”

Chief Inspector Shaun McKillop added: “Tayside Police are committed to working with colleagues across the country to identify and apprehend those involved in football related violence. No community should tolerate this type of violent behaviour and we will continue to work with communities and football clubs to ensure that attending a football match remains a safe and enjoyable experience.”