Police work with Shrewsbury Town ahead of Bristol Rovers fixture

West Mercia Police is working with Shrewsbury Town Football Club ahead of the clubs fixture with Bristol Rovers this Saturday.

Fans attending the match will see uniformed officers around the stadium, they’re there to offer reassurance and support. Photo: West Mercia Police
Fans attending the match will see uniformed officers around the stadium, they’re there to offer reassurance and support. Photo: West Mercia Police

Fans attending are advised to think about their travel plans and leave plenty of time for their journey as roads in and around the stadium will be busy.

Police will be on duty around the stadium to welcome fans and offer reassurance.

Shropshire local policing commander, Superintendent Mo Lansdale, said: “Shrewsbury Town is very much a family club with many families and people of all ages going along to support the team and our absolute priority is their safety. We know the overwhelming vast majority of football fans are good natured in their celebrations and commiserations and do not cause any concern whatsoever and we want to make sure we are doing all we can so they can enjoy the game.

“Fans attending the match on Saturday will see uniformed officers around the stadium, they’re there to offer reassurance and support. They will also be joined by our police liaison officers who some fans will recognise from both home and away games.

“We know that on occasions one or two fans, and it is only ever a very small minority, over step the mark and cause trouble and our message to those individuals is we won’t tolerate any disorder and will intervene and taken action against anyone involved. These people ruin the game for genuine fans and if the behaviour is such we will apply to the courts for a football banning order to ban them from attending football matches.

“Our absolute priority is public safety and we’re pleased to be working closely with the club to make sure home fixtures run smoothly and that any disruption to fans and the local community is kept to a minimum.”

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