Trou­ble af­ter game

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

PO­LICE herded dozens of ri­val foot­ball fans through Mac­cles­field af­ter trou­ble flared.

The re­sponse came af­ter ver­bal ex­changes be­tween Mac­cles­field Town and Hal­i­fax Town sup­port­ers af­ter Satur­day’s game.

Po­lice were called to the junc­tion of Lon­don Road and By­rons Lane shortly af­ter 4.45pm fol­low­ing the match at the Moss Rose.

Of­fi­cers then shep­herded both sets of fans into the town cen­tre and to the train and bus sta­tions.

But de­spite ver­bal ex­changes be­tween groups of fans, no ar­rests were made, po­lice said.

The ac­tion was wit­nessed by Silk­men fan David Booth, of Bond Street.

He said: “I was walk­ing down Lon­don Road with a friend to­wards By­rons Lane when over a pe­riod of a cou­ple of min­utes six po­lice cars passed us at high speed with lights flash­ing.

“As one Macc fan said to a po­lice of­fi­cer stand­ing on the cor­ner of By­ron Street, this oc­cur­rence had been more ex­cit­ing than the foot­ball match.”

Sgt Rob Simp­son said: “There were re­ports of some ri­val ban­ters be­tween fans, so we re­sponded in a show of strength to pre­vent any es­ca­la­tion.”

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