Three men arrested following railway disorder after Notts County v Lincoln match

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Three men were arrested after a number of separate incidents which followed the Notts County game against Lincoln City on Saturday.

Glasses were smashed at the Trent Navigation Inn in Meadow Lane.

British Transport Police officers then had to travel with Lincoln fans back by train from Nottingham following an incident of disorder at the railway station.

A fight broke out on one of the trains back to Lincoln, with objects including barriers being thrown on arrival at the railway station in Lincoln High Street,

Lincolnshire Police said its officers were called to Lincoln station "due to disorderly behaviour of a minority of fans directed towards BTP officers."

Police said they were subjected to "aggressive threats and criminal behaviour" from fans who arrival at Lincoln Station.

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Lincolnshire Police Superintendent Lee Pache said he will work with Lincoln City Football Club and their fans to identify offenders.

He said: “We must be clear, there is no excuse for the violent and aggressive behaviour originally shown to the BTP officers upon the arrival of the first train and subsequently local police officers who, until then, had been dealing with local incidents and victims of crime.

“Three public order arrests were made which are being investigated by BTP. Of the three arrested, two men have been charged and will appear at Lincoln District Magistrates' Court on October 23, and a third man released under investigation.

A good sized crowd for the visit of Lincoln City

“Those responsible for football related crime and disorder are in the minority, with 99 percent of football fans only interested in enjoying the beautiful game with their family and friends.

"Importantly, we will not let the actions of the few change our view that true fans do not need policing, but until the few stop committing crime, we will have to continue to spend significant taxpayers funds seeking to minimise the threat of crime and disorder.”

A spokeswoman for the Trent Navigation Inn said: "A number of glasses were smashed and a fair amount of damage was caused. We are so grateful to a number of people for helping following the incident, luckily our staff were all safely behind the bar.

The incidents came one week after the Mansfield Town team bus was attacked by a gang causing £1,000 worth of damage after the club's game away at Lincoln.

The Stags won 1-0 in a League Two derby match at Sincil Bank on September 16.

But after the victory, police say 'five or six' people launched objects at the away team's coach in St Catherine’s leaving it 'badly damaged.'

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “We and Lincoln City FC have been informed by Mansfield Town that at around 4.15pm their team bus was attacked at St Catherine’s, an area of Lincoln.

“This attack was carried out by a group of five or six youths and objects, believed to be bottles, were thrown at the bus and have caused approximately £1,000 of damage, as a body panel needs to be replaced.

“The group were also extremely abusive to the players and staff on the bus. The boys are believed to be aged between 16 and 18 and one was wearing blue shorts with a grey hoodie. He is approximately 5ft 11 and of a skinny build.

“Both we and the club are scanning CCTV to find these individuals but I would encourage them to come forward before we find them by speaking with Lincolnshire Police. If this was you, please accept responsibility and call 101."

Mansfield boss Steve Evans said at the time: "Well it wasn’t very nice. It wasn’t long or sustained or anything like that, but it’s always threatening."