Man arrested for trying to punch mascot

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Crystal Palace mascot Kayla the eagle is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on October 31, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Man arrested after trying to punch mascot

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of trying to punch mascot Crystal Palace’s bald eagle Kayla during a match at Selhurst Park.

The Croydon Advertiser reported a 34-year-old from Welling was arrested on Friday morning after the incident, which is said to have occurred during a Capital One Cup fixture between Palace and Charlton on 23 September. He is being investigated for violent disorder and attempted criminal damage and remains in police custody in south London.

Six people were arrested earlier this week after police raided homes in London and Kent as part of their investigation into violent disorder during and after the match. One man has been charged and five others have been bailed.

Kayla – an American bald eagle who has been Palace’s mascot since 2010 and flies around the ground before kick-off at every match at Selhurst Park – is the star attraction at Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation in Eynsford, Kent.

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