Police Prepared For Derby Match
A significant policing operation is in place ahead of Hereford United's local derby match with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 3 November in the FA Cup.
The fixture - which kicks off at 1pm - will attract one of the biggest crowds of the season at the Edgar Street stadium and police are anxious football supporters can enjoy the occasion without incident.
They have issued a warning that anyone causing trouble is likely to be arrested, charged and put before the courts.
The local police commander has also advised all supporters to arrive in good time and reminded away fans they must have a ticket bought before Saturday. There will no tickets available to buy on the day for them.
T/Chief Inspector Martin Taylor said: "There will be a substantial policing operation to ensure genuine supporters from both sides can enjoy the game in safety without interference.
"The last fixture between these teams at Edgar Street saw very few incidents of any note and the aim of our operation is to ensure that Saturday's game is equally trouble free. However, officers will deal robustly with any individuals who commit public order offences.
"We are working closely with British Transport Police and also our West Mercia Police colleagues in Shrewsbury. A number of police officers from Shrewsbury who are aware of known troublemakers will be attending the match to act as spotters. Anyone who has caused previous problems will be well known to them.
"I would like to remind supporters that the game is all ticket and that there will be no admittance to the ground without a valid match ticket.
"Meanwhile, those fans travelling with a valid ticket are advised they should check the Hereford United website - http://www.herefordunited.co.uk/ - for information about travel and parking."
Issued: Monday 29 October 2012