Warning issued after clash involving Reading and Bristol City supporters

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Police say they actively seek football banning orders against those committing offences enroute to matches

Avon and Somerset Police have issued a statement after officers were called to an ‘altercation’ between supporters of Reading and Bristol City before the two sides met at Ashton Gate last week.

Social media footage showed a group of men running toward the footway next to PMT music shop, opposite Bristol Temple Meads, on April 1 at around 1pm. It also showed a police car pulling up with officers running toward the scene.

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Ricky Tomlinson tweeted: “I walk round the corner from the train station and the huge group of Reading fans are met by City fans off the train… Instant huge fight in the alley Wild - haven’t even had a beer yet.”

BristolWorld contacted the police on what had happened. A spokesperson said there were no injuries or arrests.

In a statement, they said: “Officers attended an altercation on Temple Gate, Redcliff, at around 1pm on Saturday 1 April. The group dispersed quickly after officers’ arrived and no injuries have been reported.

“No arrests have been made but we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident, or the events leading up to it. If you have any information, please call 101 and quote reference 5223075836.

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“We work closely with football clubs across the force area to reduce football-related crime. We actively seek football banning orders against those who commit offences at or enroute to matches, allowing people to safely enjoy attending sporting events.”

The incident came before Bristol City drawing 1-1 against Reading in the Championship.