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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Police appeal after charity worker hurt in football fans brawl

A female charity collector was caught in the crossfire when a fight broke out involving football fans following a Carlisle United game.

The 59-year-old suffered injuries to her face and head after Blues fans and Luton Town supporters got into a confrontation, leading to violence in the city centre.

The woman, from Carlisle, was taken to hospital because of her injuries, suffering cuts and bruising to the back of her head and nose.

Police said she was hurt following a row between fans of both sides, which led to a fight. It is unclear how many people were involved in the violence.

Both the investigating officers and Carlisle United have joined forces to urge football fans or anyone else who saw anything to come forward.

A Blues spokesman said: “This behaviour should not be tolerated by any football fan and is not condoned by the club.”

The woman was hurt after the League Two opener on Saturday.

Carlisle were beaten 1 – 0 at Brunton Park by Luton in a game which drew a crowd of 6,760 fans, including a large travelling support from the opposition team.

Police said that at about 5pm she was standing in Court Square, collecting money for charity.

Officers added that football supporters were in the area at the time and “a verbal altercation took place between opposing football fans, resulting in a fight”.

The woman was discharged after receiving hospital treatment.

Detective Constable James Aiston said: “We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to this incident, especially any football fans who were in the area at the time.

“The woman was collecting money for charity and was not involved in any altercation. The incident left the victim with numerous injuries.”

The Carlisle United spokesman added: “We appeal to any fans who were in the area at the time to speak to the police.

“We wish the woman a swift recovery.”

A man, 33, from Carlisle, was arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident. He has been bailed while inquiries continue.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact Carlisle police on 101 and speak to DC Aiston in Carlisle CID.

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