Atherstone Ball Game 2024 violence probe as police look to identify six men

Police would like to identify these six men after Atherstone Ball Game 2024
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Police would like to identify six men allegedly involved in violence at this year's controversial Atherstone Ball Game. The controversial event, which takes place annually on Shrove Tuesday, sees groups of players compete for possession of a giant ball.

The two-hour game is played in the town's main street, Long Street. Town shopkeepers board up their windows in preparation for the game which has involved damage to property over the years.

Warwickshire Police today issued CCTV images of six men they would like to speak to following this year's event. A force spokesperson said: "We're looking to identify and talk to six men involved in off-ball violence at the Atherstone Ball Game.

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"The game was subject to a focussed effort and scrutiny from us to ensure that criminal violence did not take place. Following a detailed review and analysis of footage from the game, some individuals have been identified as alleged perpetrators of violence.

"If you recognise any of the men pictured, contact us citing crime reference 23/23185/24 as soon as possible."

Anyone with information should contact the force by calling 101. Information can also be given anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.