Mid­dle­ton fans held af­ter game

Middleton Guardian - - CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH-ON - ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI

TWO men from Mid­dle­ton were ar­rested fol­low­ing Old­ham Ath­letic’s match against Tran­mere Rovers on Mersey­side.

The Lac­tics drew 1-1 at Pren­ton Park sta­dium on Satur­day, Novem­ber 24, and some fans claimed they were ‘ket­tled’ out­side the ground and com­plained about polic­ing tac­tics af­ter the match.

Three men from Greater Man­ches­ter were among those ar­rested, Mersey­side Po­lice said.

Two men, aged 19 and 45, from Mid­dle­ton, were ar­rested for drunk and dis­or­derly of­fences and is­sued with penalty no­tices.

A 26-year-old man from Old­ham was ar­rested for a pub­lic or­der of­fence and was is­sued with a penalty no­tice.

Po­lice also ar­rested two 17-year-old boys from Wir­ral.

Old­ham Ath­letic said the club is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the com­plaints and has made a ‘num­ber of en­quires through the ap­pro­pri­ate chan­nels’.

A state­ment on the Lat­ics’ web­site read: “This is some­thing the club is tak­ing very se­ri­ously and we hope pro­vide an up­date in due course. We would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank those sup­port­ers who be­haved im­pecca- bly at Pren­ton Park.”

Match com­man­der, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Dave Charnock, said: “Our polic­ing of any foot­ball match puts the safety of sup­port­ers first, which can in­volve a num­ber of tac­tics.

“In this case, we were re­spond­ing ap­pro­pri­ately to in­for­ma­tion about planned se­ri­ous dis­or­der fol­low­ing the game, and which was pre­vented.

“Our mes­sage to the small mi­nor­ity of fans in­tent on plan­ning or car­ry­ing out vi­o­lence or dis­or­der at any match is that this type of be­hav­iour in un­ac­cept­able and will sim­ply not be tol­er­ated.

“We can and do iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble for such in­ci­dents and will is­sue sanc­tions in­clud­ing Ban­ning Or­ders.

“We will be work­ing closely with both clubs to in­ves­ti­gate the events of Satur­day and I want to thank the vast ma­jor­ity of sup­port­ers who at­tended the game in good spir­its.

“It would have been alarm­ing to those sup­port­ers to have been caught up in the events of Satur­day and I want to re­as­sure them that we only ever use such tac­tics for their pro­tec­tion and safety. I would ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward and we will take ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion.”

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