Police have launched an investigation to find those responsible for a protracted period of public disorder in the city on Sunday (18 June).
A large crowd had gathered in Belgrave Road following the ICC Cricket Champions Cup final between Pakistan and India which Pakistan had won.
But the celebrations, which had begun in good humour, sadly turned ugly as some rival fans became involved in hostile behaviour towards one another.
Police Officers were immediately deployed to the scene in order to keep various groups apart and to quell the disorder.
Further resources, including specially-trained public order officers, were drafted in to Belgrave Road to disperse the crowd, and the National Police Air Service (NPAS) was also called upon to support the policing operation.
In order to maintain the safety of the wider public, Belgrave Road had to be closed city bound to the junction of Loughborough Road, and county bound to Belgrave roundabout. The road reopened by 9.40pm.
Six police officers received minor injuries as they attempted to stop the disorder.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “It’s really disappointing that a minority of people chose to indulge in this behaviour which caused injuries and traffic disruption to thousands of motorists as well as to pedestrians.
“Two people, who were arrested on the night for affray, have been released pending further enquiries. There is now an investigation underway to find others who were involved in causing assaults, damage or who threw objects towards the police.
“We have access to the Body Worn cameras that officers were wearing, as well as footage from CCTV cameras which were in operation in the area, and a dedicated team of officers are actively reviewing the hours of footage at our disposal. I anticipate that further arrests will be made.
“I would like to thank the majority of people who were out and about in the area for their patience as we worked hard to disperse the crowds and deal with those causing trouble. I’d also like to publicly thank my officers who worked in difficult and challenging circumstances to bring the situation under control.”
If you have any information to assist our enquiries or footage showing crimes being committed we would ask you to contact 101 quoting incident 517 of 18 June.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News