Two charged over smoke bombs at Raith Rovers-Dunfermline match

Three smoke bombs were thrown. Picture: Fife Photo Agency
Three smoke bombs were thrown. Picture: Fife Photo Agency

Police have charged two teenagers after an incident at a Fife derby at the weekend.

Officers have confirmed that two 16-year-old males have been charged after smoke bombs were thrown onto the pitch during Raith Rovers’ 3-0 Scottish Cup fourth-round win over Dunfemline Athletic.

the incident led to police and club officials releasing appeals to the public in identifying suspects, after fears that the plastic pitch had been damaged.

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The incident happened at 4.20pm on Saturday, January 19, at Stark’s Park Football Stadium in Kirkcaldy.

Three smoke bombs, coloured blue and white, were thrown.

The pair will appear in court at a later date.

Officers are continuing to follow positive lines of inquiry in relation to this matter.

Inspector Jane Combe, Fife Division’s Event Commander for this match, said: “This dangerous behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

“Pyrotechnics of any kind at football matches are extremely dangerous and can cause significant life-changing injuries for those carrying them.

“Two arrests have now been made, however, with the full assistance of Raith Rovers and Dunfermline Athletic Football Club, as well as some fans who have come forward, we continue to investigate this matter thoroughly.

“I would urge anyone with information in relation to this investigation, or if you were involved, to contact police immediately.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1656 of 21st January, or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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