Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saturation Policing for Today's Derby; Hooligans Warned They Will Be Caught

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saturation Policing for Today's Derby; Hooligans Warned They Will Be Caught

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Byline: Dan Warburton

MORE than 500 extra officers are being drafted in to police the Wear-Tyne football derby.

Fans were last night warned to be on their best behaviour, as Northumbria Police revealed trained spotters would be on the lookout for known hooligans.

Newcastle United and Sunderland will clash at lunchtime the Stadium of Light.

There were angry scenes last time the clubs played at Newcastle as a mob of 300 vented their anger outside the Central Station.

But more than 500 officers will be on duty today to allay fears of a repeat performance.

Chief Supt Neil Mackay said: "We hope Saturday's derby match between Sunderland and Newcastle passes without incident and that it is enjoyed by supporters of both clubs.

"Although we are not expecting any trouble, we are aware that this match is a highly emotional occasion and we prepare for events such as this well in advance to make sure we are able to deal with all eventualities.

"There will be around 500 police officers on duty at the Stadium of Light, in the city of Sunderland, in Newcastle and in other areas to ensure the event is given maximum police attention."

In an extra effort to maintain order in today's game, which has been brought forward to start at 12.45pm, officers will use a large CCTV operation to clamp down on hooligans. And police last night warned that those breaking the law would be identified and prosecuted.

Detective Inspector Gareth Craig said: "We will continue to employ the use of video cameras in order to ensure the safety and enjoyment of those attending football matches across the Northumbria Police area.

"I would urge all true football fans to assist us in identifying those responsible for disorder at matches. We will act on any information we receive to prevent those causing disorder from tarnishing the experience for the majority of law abiding fans.

"I would also warn anyone who intends to cause disorder this weekend that their actions will be recorded and they could face a large fine and a banning order as a result of their actions. …

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