Newcastle v Sunderland will have biggest Police presence ever seen
Anybody who thought that Northumbria Police’s change of tactics at Sunday’s Newcastle v Sunderland derby match would mean less officers on duty, is well wide of the mark.
The man in charge of the Police operation on Sunday, Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, has moved to reassure concerned fans by stating that this derby will have the biggest police presence ever seen in Newcastle city centre for the big match.
Much of the focus amongst fans has been the police announcement that they were no longer going to have the big escort for Sunderland football fan only metros. Supporters taking this as meaning that this would equal a free for all on the way to the ground.
Chief Superintendent Steve Neill ;
“Our message to Sunderland fans is that it is going to be a safe event.
“Supporters should think about travel arrangements and leave plenty of time for their journey, because it will be busy, and we are expecting more than 200,000 people to visit the city.”
More Police than ever before;
“We will have more officers on duty for the derby than we ever have before.
“Officers will line key routes, and will also be present on Metro stations from Sunderland to Newcastle and on the Metros themselves to reassure people.”
Police presence in Sunderland as well;
“There will be a sizeable number of officers throughout Sunderland from early in the day, and there is an agreement with licensees that no alcohol will be served before 10am.
“We have tried not to dictate to Sunderland supporters and, rather, to give them options.
“It is entirely a matter for individuals if they want to get to the game in a private vehicle or by the Metro.”
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