At least four people were arrested inside and outside of a football stadium last night.

Two were detained on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon and two more on suspicion of public order offences as police attempted to prevent trouble during Leyton Orient’s home match against Southend United at Brisbane Road Stadium.

Police have not yet provided the ages and sexes of the four but confirmed three were arrested outside the stadium and one inside.

The news comes after nine pubs in Leyton and Leytonstone agreed with the Met’s request to close at 9pm yesterday in an attempt to prevent public disorder related to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first leg tie, which the Os lost 1-0.

The Red Lion in High Road, Leytonstone, shut its doors at 4pm.

Police took the measures 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 would only accept tickets booked online or in person from the ticket office prior to the game.