A FOOTBALL supporter has suffered two cuts to his chest after the coach he was travelling on was attacked in Luton.
The man was among five bus-loads of supporters who had travelled to see Kidderminster Harriers in their non-league away fixture against Luton Town yesterday afternoon.
Bedfordshire Police said an argument broke out between Kidderminster fans on a coach and "local residents", not believed to be Luton supporters.
It is believed Kidderminster football fans had been sitting in traffic in Dunstable Road, having left the Luton Town Football ground in Kenilworth Road when an argument between the fans on the bus and locals began.
Some fans left the bus and a fight broken out on the street leaving two men, aged 39 and 38 years, requiring hospital treatment.
Both men were not seriously injured; the 39 year old suffered a cut to his head and was released after treatment; the 38 year old suffered two cuts to his chest and remained in hospital overnight for observations.
Three men aged 19, 21 and 40 and a juvenile aged 16 were arrested on suspicion of affray and assault after officers were called to a report of a fight in the street at 5.19pm.
Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Martin Eaton, is keen to speak with anyone who was in the area and can help piece together exactly what sparked this incident.
DS Eaton said: “Clearly we have four people in custody in connection with this investigation and officers will be speaking to them during the course of the day. However, this is still an on-going investigation and we will be visiting the area this morning and speaking with local residents to ensure they are fully informed about the police investigation and seeking potential witnesses who may have information that can help detectives piece together exactly what happened.”
Anyone with information relating to this incident can contact DS Eaton at Luton Police Station, in confidence, on 01582 394310, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information on 07786 200011.
Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.