Kidderminster fan stabbed after coach was attacked on way to match at Luton
Richard Vernalls, Press Association
22:20 GMT, 1 April 2013
23:14 GMT, 1 April 2013
A football fan has been stabbed and another taken to hospital after their coach was attacked.
The two men were among five busloads of supporters who had travelled from Kidderminster Harriers in their non-league away fixture against Luton Town FC on Monday.
Bedfordshire Police said that as the coaches queued in traffic about a mile from the Kenilworth Road ground an argument broke out between 'local residents' and the Kidderminster supporters in the rear coach.
Stadium: Kenilworth Road, where the Kidderminster fans were travelling
It happened after the game ended as the vehicles were leaving Luton on the return journey, police said.
'It led to the coach being attacked,' said a police spokesman.
'Then some of the supporters got off to remonstrate and a fight ensued.'
Two Kidderminster fans are being treated in hospital for non life-threatening injuries, although one was stabbed twice.
'Four local men have been arrested and a police presence remains in the area where the violence broke out in Dunstable Street near the Mansfield Road junction.
Police said the attackers did not appear to have any connection to Luton Town.
Kidderminster won the Blue Square Bet Premier fixture 2-1, leaving them top of the table.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service confirmed it had taken two men to hospital.
'Police called us at 5.29pm this afternoon to Mansfield Road, Luton, close to the football ground.
'We conveyed two people, one a 38-year-old man, to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.'
Steve Millington, chairman of the Kidderminster Harriers Independent Supporters Trust, said: 'We deplore the attack on the coach.
'This shouldn’t happen in football or in society in general.
'We’re pleased to hear the injuries to the lad who was stabbed are not thought to be life-threatening and wish both those who were taken to hospital a speedy recovery.'