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Arrests as Villa fans pelted with missiles in pub before West Brom match

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Aston Villa fans enjoying a drink at a pub in Birmingham before last night's derby match with West Bromwich Albion were pelted with missiles including bottles.

At around 6.30pm two men walked into the Rose Villa Tavern in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and started throwing a variety of missiles into the pub, which was filled with Aston Villa supporters.

Police were quickly on the scene in Vyse Street and two men were arrested on suspicion of affray minutes later.

Scott Walker, the pub's general manager, said: "Two young men walked into the pub and asked who the Villa fans were.

"We had a number of Villa supporters in at the time. They then started throwing objects at the fans, including bottles.

"Luckily we had police officers in the pub at the time who quickly stepped in."

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