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Police officer suffers head injury from “missile” and two remain in custody after disorder ahead of Palace vs Brighton match

A Sussex Police spokesperson announced this afternoon, how during the chaos ahead of last nights Palace vs Brighton match, a police officer was left with head injuries from a suspected “missile”. A small number of Brighton fans were observed throwing cans, pint glass, bottle and smoke grenades at officers outside of Brighton station.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of affray at a “licensed premises” near the railway station. The 21-year-old and 27-year-old suspects remain in custody as police continue their investigation.

In a separate incident, an individual was arrested on Kemp Street, close to the station, and issued with a Section 35 dispersal order, prohibiting them from returning to the area. Additionally, an 18-year-old man received a similar order and was prevented from entering the Amex Stadium due to allegations of homophobic chanting.

The Sussex Police spokesperson said: “Sussex Police works with partners including Southern Rail, British Transport Police, the Premier League, and Brighton and Hove Albion to manage the safe arrival and departure of supporters from the Amex Community Stadium.

“Rail services operated as advertised, and no request was made to delay kick-off.

“We’d like to thank the vast majority of fans who behaved responsibly before, during and after the game.

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“However, there was a small minority of fans who displayed disruptive and disorderly behaviour.

“One officer on duty at the cordon outside the stadium sustained a head injury.

“It is believed to have been caused by a missile thrown from the crowd.

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“Officers responded as necessary, and any individuals caught committing offences will be dealt with robustly.

“Working with partners including the club and emergency services colleagues, our aim is to ensure the day is as safe and enjoyable as possible for everyone attending.”

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