Football derby fans nabbed by CCTV

Starks Park, Kirkcaldy. Home of Raith Rovers
Starks Park, Kirkcaldy. Home of Raith Rovers

THREE football fans have been arrested in connection with disorder before last month’s Fife derby match at Stark’s Park.

Police confirmed the arrests this week following investigations into a disturbance on Links Street, ahead of the Raith Rovers v Dunfermline Athletic game on November 17.

Two groups of rival supporters were involved in the incident, enroute to the match.

Officers intervened to prevent the incident, which involved a number of men, from escalating.

One person was arrested at the time, with investigations continuing to identify others involved.

Officers from the Football Co-ordination Unit for Scotland (FoCUS) were deployed on the day and captured the incident on CCTV. It was this footage which has assisted Fife Police and resulted in two more men being arrested.

All three men will be subject to reports to the Procurator Fiscal under section one of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012.

Superintendent Dougie Milton, head of Fife’s community policing division, said: “Our positive actions show that we will challenge the disruptive behaviour of these alleged football supporters and apprehend and report these individuals.

“With the full support of the Procurator Fiscal, we will be looking to secure Football Banning Orders for all involved and send out a clear message that threatening behaviour and violence at or enroute to matches will not be tolerated.”

Further arrests are anticipated as enquiries continue.

A spokesman for Raith Rovers said: “We support all initiatives focused on ensuring spectator safety.”

A spokesman for Dunfermline Athletic added: “We are hoping that our fixture against Raith on January 2 will be a good natured affair. Any anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”