Four arrrests over racial chanting at Dagenham and Redbridge FC match

Four people have been arrested following alleged racist abuse during a Dagenham and Redbridge FC “Daggers against Racism” football match.

Police launched an investigation after reports were made of racist chanting directed at a group of schoolboys from Tower Hamlets on March 3.

A 20-year-old and two 17-year-olds were arrested for offences against the Football Offences Act 1991 last Wednesday. The 20-year-old and one of the 17-year-olds were also arrested for racially aggravated public order offences.

The following day a 16-year-old was also arrested and police have not ruled out further arrests as the investigation continues.

All four have been released on police bail.

During the Dagenham and Redbridge v Bradford match around 25 to 30 youths were seen and heard to be chanting racist slogans that were directed at schoolboys, some of whom were as young as eight.

A decision was made not to make arrests at the time due to risk to public safety should a public order situation erupt. Instead, those causing the disturbance were quietly ejected from the stadium by police officers and club security.

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Following the event the club’s CCTV was viewed and security staff spoken to and the main suspects were identified.

All four have been released on police bail pending further enquires.