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POLICE are investigating claims into three youths being abusive toward visitors and almost damaging the FA Cup trophy at the National Football Museum.

The incident, which occurred on Monday afternoon, saw culprits aged 11 to 15 jump in front of guests who were trying to have their photos taken with the trophy, almost causing £20,000 worth of damage.

By the time officers arrived, the group had left and no damage was caused, but there have been ‘ongoing issues’ with youths causing problems at the museum, GMP say.

Sgt Jon Kenna told MEN: “This is the first day of the half term holidays, and I hope this will be an isolated incident.

“The city centre is expected to see an increased number of families, especially visiting tourist attractions such at the National Football Museum. I would like all visitors to have a fantastic time, without having to deal with anti-social behaviour by the minority.”

The museum boasts a variety of iconic trophies, including George Best’s 1968 Ballon D’Or, along with a range of interactive exhibitions and activities.

A spokesperson from the National Football Museum said: “We can confirm that we asked three visitors to leave the National Football Museum yesterday as a result of disruptive behaviour.

“No damage was caused to any of our artifacts or exhibitions, and the police have been notified.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident should call police on 101.