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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Police deploy drone unit for Monday’s Nottingham Forest v Derby County clash

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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire police forces are preparing for the local derby.

Derbyshire Police said:

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‘Preparation for Monday’s East Midlands derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County has begun, with our Drone Unit working on contingency planning with Nottinghamshire Police ahead of the big match.’

Supt Steve Cartwright, who is the match commander for the fixture and the force’s football policing lead, has led policing preparations for this match.

He said: “The Forest against Derby match is a fantastic occasion whereby passions run high. It is great to see these two great East Midlands clubs having such passionate support, however there are a small minority who act without passion for their clubs and resort to antisocial behaviour, disorder and violence towards opposing supporters.

“Last season I made fans aware prior to the match that we would deploy cameras and tactics to capture evidence of those who committed criminal acts. Post-match last year we reviewed this footage, captured evidence and investigated those who chose to commit criminal acts and act in an antisocial manner. We prosecuted nine people for throwing items within the crowd – they now have criminal records with six of them receiving a three-year football banning order from the court. One of the items thrown was a phone charger plug which hit a young child in the face. Three further people were cautioned for offences.

“Such behaviour has no place in football and I again put supporters on notice that I expect fans to support with passion not poison and, if you choose to commit criminal acts or behave in an antisocial manner, my team will act robustly and positively and we will pursue a post-match investigation.

“The police, together with both clubs, work to provide a safe and secure event.

“My team are experienced in policing football matches and I will be deploying evidence gatherers in the event of the behaviour of fans falling below the acceptable standards.

“Police dogs and pyrotechnic detection dogs together with a police drone will be supporting the fixture.

“I understand some fans like to drink prior to the match. There are limited opportunities for Derby fans to drink together in Nottingham. The Broken Wheelbarrow bar at the Notts County Ground is the designated away supporters’ pub. The City Ground will be open at 6:30 pm and will be serving alcohol and beverages prior to kick off.

“Please remember this fixture is about passion not poison.

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