Northumbria Police issue statement on policing of Newcastle v Sunderland
There has been much talk about the Newcastle v Sunderland derby match on Sunday – no surprise there.
However, much of it has centred on the decision of Northumbria Police to do away with special metros only for Sunderland fans and the mass police escort up to St.James’ Park.
Many supporters have expressed disbelief that there won’t be any large scale escorts but surely the reality will be that any significant groups of mackems walking through Newcastle city centre will be closely monitored by police officers.
To reassure fans, Northumbria Police have released the following statement via Newcastle United;
A MESSAGE FOR FANS ON BEHALF OF NORTHUMBRIA POLICE
Northumbria Police, Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC have all been working closely to ensure that everyone who attends the derby game on Sunday, December 21, has a safe and enjoyable experience.
It is also expected to be a very busy day in the city centre as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. We want to ensure this is a ‘city for all’ and maintain business as usual for football fans, shoppers and visitors.
However, we do anticipate it will be very busy and we advise you make plans in advance for your visit. Think about how you will get to and from the city and allow extra time for travel.
We’re working hard to keep disruption to a minimum and we ask you help work with police and stewards to ensure an enjoyable day for all.
There will be a highly visible police presence in Newcastle on the day, if you experience any problems officers will be there to assist you.
Enjoy your day,
Operations Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Neill
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