Football-related arrests on the rise

Football-related arrests made by the British Transport Police has risen for the fourth year running.

Sunday, 18th June 2017, 8:30 pm
Updated Monday, 19th June 2017, 12:46 pm
British Transport Police

Football ticket sales site, ticketgum.com, has considered the issue of hooliganism on British Rails by analysing data from the Home Office and a Freedom of Information request, released by the BTP, about football-related arrests in 2016.

There were some interesting discoveries:

* For the 2015-2016 season, West Ham had the most reported incidents of all Premier League clubs

* 22% of all football-arrests are made by the British Transport Police

* 60% of these are due to public disorder

* 20% of these arrests are made during Premier League matches.

* There was an increase of 36 incidents of ‘violent disorder’ last year.

* Burnley fans were involved in 4% of the incidents

On this matter, the British Transport Police stated the following, “We adopt a proactive approach to football policing, with officers escorting trains before and after matches and patrolling stations where large numbers of fans are expected.”