Pubs are set to close early tonight over fears of violence associated with Leyton Orient's match with Southend United tonight.

Police requested that nine pubs in Leyton and Leytonstone will shut their doors at 9pm in an attempt to prevent disorder.

The Red Lion in High Road, Leytonstone, has agreed to close at 4pm.

The move comes after two drinkers at the Walnut Tree in Leytonstone High Road were attacked by a group of 10 to 15 men on January 26 at 10pm, following an O's match with Notts County.

A 44-year-old man and a 26-year-old man suffered head injuries.
No-one has been arrested.

The football club have announced there will be no cash turnstiles open for home supporters at tonight's match and that only tickets booked online or in person from the ticket office in the West Stand of Brisbane Road Stadium will be accepted.

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy first leg tie at Brisbane Road kicks off at 7.45pm.