REDDITCH Police say they have a ‘robust plan’ in place with some 1,500 Hereford FC fans expected in town for the fixture against Redditch United on Easter Monday.
Inspector Mark Chappell of Redditch Police said the measure was not in response to anticipated disorder ‘but rather a means to diversify and develop how we protect people from harm’.
“There will be a visible police presence in the town centre as well as within the football ground itself,” he said.
The Bromsgrove Road ground will be open from 1pm and fans will be segregated within the ground. Alcohol will be sold up until the start of the second half.
“This match will see an increase in the number of supporters attending this fixture and we hope it will be as safe as it is memorable for all those who attend,” said Insp Chappell.
“Not only is this match an important event for Redditch United FC but the wider community and local businesses who will benefit from the increased footfall.”
He has urged visiting fans to arrive early and warned of parking restrictions on local roads near the ground.
“Please avoid parking where there are restrictions in place as you may find you are issued a parking ticket or your vehicle maybe at risk of being towed away,” he said.
Redditch United FC have a searching policy and a number of items are prohibited including fireworks, smoke bombs or any form of pyrotechnics.
“We don’t want to ruin anyone’s enjoyment of this fixture but disorder in any form will not be tolerated. Enjoy the match safely, responsibly and in the spirit of good sportsmanship,” he said.
Hereford United FC are the current leaders of the Southern League Premier Division, one point ahead of Kings Lynn. Redditch Utd are mid-table.