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Police step up their hunt for suspected Birmingham v Villa hooligans

More images of suspected football hooligans involved in clashes during a Blues and Villa derby have been released by police.

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The 17 CCTV images are the third batch released by West Midlands Police.

The 17 CCTV images are the third batch released by West Midlands Police in recent days. So far three of the men pictured have been identified.

The men are suspected of being involved in disorder during the match between Birmingham City FC and Aston Villa FC at St Andrew's on October 29.

Superintendent Nick Rowe, head of the Football Unit, said: “Our enquiries are on-going and we would urge anyone who witnessed this disorder, or anyone who can identify those involved, to contact us immediately with information.

“Families attend these football games, some with young children who do not want their kids seeing this kind of behaviour.

"Those involved may think this has been forgotten and we have moved on, they could not be more wrong. We have a team working on identifying those involved.

"This is the first wave of the investigation and there will be more people identified in the next few months.

“We would like to praise those fans that did behave and reassure them that action will be taken against those who were involved in the disorder that they will be actively pursued and where appropriate will be prosecuted and banning orders considered.

“If anyone does recognise themselves get in contact now as we will be out looking for them at the forthcoming matches or they will get a knock on the door from us when they least expect it. The message is really clear, we are coming for you."

If you have any information which could help the investigation, please contact the football unit on 101 quoting the number on the photo.

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