Ten individuals have been apprehended in connection with a significant disturbance that unfolded in Wakefield city centre last October.

Reports began flooding into the West Yorkshire Police shortly after 5:30 pm on Saturday, 28th October, concerning a brawl outside a bar on Westgate, spilling onto the streets. CCTV footage depicted a sizable group embroiled in the chaos.

This eruption of violence followed a football match earlier that day between Leeds United and Huddersfield Town. It was determined that some of the individuals involved in the altercation had attended the game at Elland Road before journeying to Wakefield via train.

A meticulous investigation, spearheaded by officers from Wakefield District with the backing of colleagues from Kirklees, Leeds, and Operational Support, has culminated in the identification, arrest, and interrogation of several suspects linked to the disorder.

During a recent arrest operation, ten individuals were taken into custody and subsequently released on bail under stringent conditions.

Acting Detective Sergeant Jessica Arblaster, of Wakefield District CID, said: “This disorder has been witnessed by ordinary members of the public who have feared for their safety, as can be demonstrated in the calls to police and witnesses on CCTV who are physically trying to get away from those fighting.

“The focus of this investigation was to identify those who had been involved in this incident, either threatening towards others or who had been violent.

“I hope the action taken so far reassures the public how seriously we treat incidents of this nature. Our investigation into this incident is very much still ongoing and we will be seeking charges for those found to be involved.”