Teenage football fan struck over head with police baton

Credit: Spencer White // Facebook

Monday, February 10, 2020

South Yorkshire Police have launched a “full open investigation” after one of its officers was filmed striking a 16-year-old boy over the head with a baton amid football match violence.

The incident happened after Barnsley’s game against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday over the weekend, when trouble between the two sets of fans broke out.

It was filmed Barnsley fan Spencer White, also 16, who said the fights were “popping off randomly”.

The teenager explained: “Every two or three minutes there was a crowd of people getting rowdy.

“As I got to the train station there were two lads fighting, one a Barnsley fan and one a Sheffield Wednesday fan.

“I pulled out my phone to record it and the video shows the rest.”

The teenager was taken to hospital by ambulance

The footage, which has been shared almost 10,000 times on Facebook, shows a teenage fan being hit on the head by the baton and struggling to the floor while blood pours out of his head.

Spencer added: “He could have been killed, really.”

Chief superintendent Sarah Poolman of South Yorkshire Police said: “A full open investigation, including extended video footage, will take place to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the actions which led to a 16-year-old boy sustaining a head injury from an officer's baton and an officer being assaulted, sustaining injuries to his stomach and head.”

“The 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital by ambulance.

“The police officer also attended hospital.

“Both of their injuries are not life-threatening.

“A 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency service worker.

“He has been released under investigation.”

She asked anyone with information, including video footage, to contact 101.

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