Three men hospitalized after violence outside Dumfries pub after football match

Police have appealed for information following serious disturbances the day after a football match.

Fighting broke out in Dumfries on Saturday night after Queen of the South Championship clashed with Ayr United at Palmerston Park.

Footage has emerged online showing a large group of men brawling outside the Salutation Inn in the town’s market square.

Police said “a number of assaults” had taken place involving “groups of football supporters and other members of the public”.

It came moments after Queens’ 1-1 draw with Ayr saw the Doonhamers relegated to League One.

Three men aged 41, 54 and 58 were injured in the violence that occurred around 5 p.m.

They were taken to the Royal Infirmary in Dumfries and Galloway and released after treatment.



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Detective Constable Allister Queen said: ‘This was a serious incident and it is essential that we find those responsible.

“This level of disorder and criminality will not be tolerated.

“Not only were people injured, but those trying to enjoy their weekend in the area were intimidated by the behavior of a small number of people.

“I urge anyone who saw what happened or has footage of the incident to contact Police Scotland.

“You can do this by calling 101 and quoting reference 2626 of 23 April 2022 or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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