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Pub damaged as fans run riot; VIOLENCE: Luton supporters arrested over brawl after match.

Byline: By Dayle Crutchlow

FOOTBALL fans ran riot at an Exhall pub on Saturday after seeing their team beaten by Coventry City.

Police arrested 18 Luton supporters in a minibus after fighting broke out at the Black Horse, in Coventry Road.

The pub was closed for 24 hours after the incident and is reported to have sustained serious damage to the fixtures and fittings.

Police were alerted to the disorder at 6.10pm, following reports of a large crowd of people outside the pub.

Yobs battled each other both inside and outside the premises, using bar furniture as weapons and people were seen with what has been described as "nasty injuries", although the exact nature of these has not been confirmed.

By the time police officers arrived, the disorder had finished and they were told that the perpetrators had left in a minibus.

Warwickshire Police liaised with colleagues from West Midlands and Northamptonshire to detain 18 people on a minibus, travelling towards Luton on the motorway.

They were arrested and taken to Nuneaton Police Station for questioning.

All have been interviewed and given police bail to return at a later date, pending police inquiries.

One local resident, who asked not to be named, said: "It was really bad. I saw one lad with his arm broken and his face smashed up. It's not very nice for the area."

A spokeswoman for Warwickshire police said: "We are reviewing CCTV footage of the incident, but are also appealing for information from any witnesses who have not already spoken to the police."

Anyone with any information is asked to ring Nuneaton CID on 02476 641111, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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