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Police ‘horrified’ after young people break into football pitch and start playing

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Police in Derbyshire responded to reports of the football incident on Sunday 21 February.

Derbyshire Police said in a social media update:

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‘The team has responded to reports of large groups of youths playing football at the Etwall Leisure Centre yesterday at approx 13:05pm.

‘Upon arrival, officers were horrified to find a group of around 15-20 young people playing football after forcibly making their way onto the locked football pitches.

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‘After being alerted to police presence, the gathering soon split up and made a hasty get away. We know the names of some involved and they will be dealt with accordingly.

‘It is of the upmost importance that you ensure your children are following the rules and regulations for Covid 19. If a child breaches the rules then as their guardian, YOU will be held responsible for paying the fine.

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© Derbyshire Police

‘This may seem harsh BUT we need to ensure these rules are being followed so that one day in the not too distant future, we can be lift the restrictions and start getting back to a state of normality.

‘A gathering of 20 is simply not acceptable and quite frankly irresponsible in the times we are all living through. Officers were also disgusted by the onslaught of rubbish that was just discarded about the place.

‘If you know of anyone who was involved in this gathering or are able to identify who the items in the picture attached belong to, please call it in on 101 and reference incident 421-21/02/21.’