Police advice ahead of Burnley FC v Blackburn Rovers clash

A large policing operation will be in place for tomorrow's big football derby when Blackburn Rovers come to town.

Friday, 4th March 2016, 4:18 pm
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Police are expecting disruption around the town centre before and after the Championship clash at Turf Moor which has a 12-30pm kick off.

Match commander Superintendent Russ Procter said: “This is an exciting fixture in this year’s football calendar and there will be plenty of friendly rivalry among both sets of supporters.

“We’ve worked closely with both football clubs in the planning of this week’s match and our aim is to keep people safe as well as getting people to and from the ground efficiently. Extra officers will be on hand to assist supporters attending the match, as well as stewards from both clubs.

Blackburn supporters will travel to Turf Moor using designated coaches.

Police are keen to stress that officers policing the game will not tolerate anybody causing trouble and will take firm action against those who choose to behave in a disruptive, anti-social or violent manner.

With large numbers attending, officers are also urging fans to use safe and secure car parks and keep keys, wallets and purses in zipped bags or front pockets.

Supt Procter added: “It is important to remember very few people attending football matches actually cause problems as most supporters are there as ambassadors for their club and their sport.

“We will have resources available on the day to deal with any incidents of damage or disorder. I would also remind people of the opportunity for post-match investigations, CCTV opportunities and would not like to see people criminalise themselves or receive bans from following their clubs in the future. I want this to be a local derby and an occasion for all the family to enjoy.”

As is normal on match days, traffic will be busy prior to and following the game, particularly in and around the stadium.

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