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Major policing operation in place for East Lancashire derby
Updated 6:03pm Wednesday 5th March 2014 in News
A MAJOR police operation is in place for the Blackburn Rovers v Burnley derby.
Officers are warning they will not tolerate anybody causing trouble and will take action against anyone behaving in an anti-social or violent manner.
Residents are also being warned to expect disruption with roads being closed to allow coaches carrying Burnley fans to Ewood Park.
Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell said: “It is important to remember very few people attending football matches actually cause problems at the games.
“I want to reassure people who will be at the game that we will not be letting a minority spoil what should be an occasion for all the family to enjoy.
“We will have the resources available on the day to deal with any incidents of disorder and people should also be warned that as well as being dealt with on the day we will also look to secure banning orders on offenders.”
Police are also advising that traffic will be busy before and after the game.
Chief Superintendent Bithell said: “As with previous matches, we’ve worked closely with both football clubs when planning the policing operation, the aim of which is to keep people safe and get people to and from the ground efficiently.
“Extra officers will be on hand to assist supporters attending the match as well as stewards from both clubs.
“In order to bring the visiting supporters into Blackburn safely a number of roads will be closed for a period of time.
“As such, we would advise the Blackburn fans that traffic will be busy on the day and they may be best allowing extra time for travelling to the game.”
Kick off is at 12.30pm and all Burnley fans wishing to be in the stands must have bought a coach and ticket package costing £38.50.
Those who do not arrive on a coach will not be allowed in.
A spokesman for the Clarets said: “The use of buses is not a club decision, the police insist on this.
“Burnley Football Club respectfully asks all supporters to conduct themselves responsibly throughout the day.
“Stewards and Police will be available at coach departure points and within the stadium for any information or concerns.”
A Rovers spokesman refused to comment.
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