Thirteen arrests after public fight before Reading versus Oxford football match

The disorder occurred on Friar Street and Station Approach in Reading on the evening of 12 December 2023.

Ten people were arrested on the night and remain under investigation.

Reading is set to play Oxford again this Saturday February 3 in an away game. 

Superintendent Adrian Hall, Tactical Commander for the return fixture in Oxford on Saturday 3 February, said: “The disruptive and aggressive behaviour exhibited by a minority of individuals prior to the Reading versus Oxford game in December was unacceptable and as a result, we have taken action to locate and identify those responsible.

“Thames Valley Police will have a visible policing operation in place for the Oxford versus Reading fixture on Saturday 3 February to ensure that fans coming to enjoy the game, residents and the wider public feel safe when visiting Oxford.

“There will be football ‘spotters’ actively deployed to continue to identify and arrest those responsible for disorder in Reading on 12 December.

“Officers will be out and about throughout the day and on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have – please feel free to stop them for a chat.”

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