Update on East Lancashire Derby policing operation

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Now the East Lancashire Derby has finished we just wanted to give you an overview of how our policing operation has gone.

The operation will continue into this evening but we just wanted to thank everybody who attended and supported their team while behaving appropriately.

Sadly, we did have to deal with a very small number people whose behaviour fell way short of what we all would expect and deem acceptable.

At around 11.25am we intercepted a group of men wearing balaclavas who were attempting to engage in disorder with away coaches travelling along Todmorden Road, Burnley. We deployed a number of resources to the area and arrested two men on suspicion of drug possession offences.

They were a 22-year-old man from Burnley and a 26-year-old man from Burnley.

A 54-year-old man from Great Harwood was arrested at Turf Moor on suspicion of common assault.

A 40-year-old man from Rochdale was arrested outside the stadium on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and a 17-year-old boy from Read was arrested on suspicion of a Section 4 Public Order Act offence.

All five remain in custody at this time.

A small number of fans were ejected from the stadium.

We are also aware of isolated pockets of disorder and missile throwing during the game which will form part of the post-match investigation.

This will be thoroughly investigated by our officers and officials from both football clubs. Footage will be reviewed and the appropriate action will be taken against anybody involved.

ACC Russ Procter, who was Gold Command for the fixture, said: “Firstly, I would like to place on record my thanks to all those supporters who have enjoyed the rivalry, supported their team and behaved appropriately. This was highlighted by the two-minute silence before the game being impeccably observed by both sets of supporters.

“This has been a significant policing operation which will continue into the evening. A number of different teams and specialist officers and officials from both football clubs have performed key roles in maintaining order and keeping the people of East Lancashire safe. I would also like to thank them for their coordinated efforts.

“Sadly, a minority of people’s behaviour has overstepped the mark and we have pro-actively intervene where necessary to make arrests. Although disappointing, I don’t want these isolated pockets of poor behaviour to detract from what has been a good, well-attended East Lancashire derby fixture.”

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