Two Pool fans arrested after ‘karaoke’ Oyston protests

A protesting Blackpool fan is arrested in Clifton Street
A protesting Blackpool fan is arrested in Clifton Street
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Two Blackpool fans have been arrested on suspicion of harassment after another day of protests against the club’s owners.

The men - aged 33 and 47 - were arrested by police outside Oyston’s Estate Agents on Clifton Street, Blackpool at around 1pm on Monday.

A Lancashire Police spokesman initially said their arrests were as a result of an incident outside the Blackpool FC hotel on Bloomfield Road earlier in the day when a group of fans used a mobile karaoke van to protest against the Oyston family.

But the force later clarified it was to do with an “ongoing harassment case”.

The spokesman said at least three people tried to enter the estate agents with Blackpool FC scarves covering their faces.

The two arrested men - who The Gazette is choosing not to name - were not among the three to enter the property but were at the scene.

Blackpool supporter Andy Grice was on Clifton Street at the time of the arrests, and described scenes as ‘over the top.’

He said: “It was a huge over reaction, I don’t think there would have been that many police officers for an armed robbery.

“The protest appeared to be totally peaceful, there wasn’t even a hint of trouble.

“They even paid for parking.”