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STATEMENT | Match-day policing

Increased patrols on Sunday

6 May 2022


STATEMENT | Match-day policing

Increased patrols on Sunday

6 May 2022

Please see the following statement, released in conjunction with North Wales Police.

Increased patrols will be in effect across Wrexham town centre on Sunday May 8 as part of match-day policing arrangements.

Wrexham AFC will host Stockport County in their penultimate National League fixture, with kick-off scheduled for 12.30pm.

A sell-out crowd has been confirmed at the Racecourse Ground, with both sides currently in excellent form.

The fixture is vital for both sides and could potentially determine the winner of this season’s league title.

Wrexham’s bars and pubs are likely to be exceptionally busy throughout the day, and police resourcing has been escalated to ensure public safety and prevent matchday disorder.

Supt Nick Evans said: “Supporter safety is always our primary concern, particularly when the stadium is at full capacity.

“Both sides have done exceptionally well this season and this game should provide a great spectacle.

“Attending matches at The Racecourse should be an enjoyable occasion for all and our officers are there to ensure that disorder of any kind is dealt with robustly.

“Where disorder does occur we will work collaboratively with the club to identify suspects, pursuing criminal proceedings and Football Banning Orders for those involved.

“We hope that FBOs will continue to act as a strong deterrent in that respect.

“They are strongly prohibitive and ensure that those found guilty of football disorder are kept distanced from the game.”

North Wales Police and Wexham AFC are aligned in their views on football-related disorder and share a zero-tolerance approach.

To date, there have been 13 full court-issued Football Banning Orders this season for incidents at matches involving Wrexham AFC.

This is in addition as to 29 bans issued by the club, with others to follow pending ongoing investigations.

Wrexham AFC CEO Fleur Robinson added: “Our supporters have played a huge part in our successes on the pitch this season, and we call on everyone at the Racecourse Ground to be loud, proud and support us in the best way again.

“Our zero-tolerance stance towards unacceptable behaviour by anybody attending matches at the Racecourse Ground or away from home has been made clear all season. We would once again like to thank North Wales Police for their proactive support an aligned position.

“There are now more than 40 banning orders in place, and we will continue to work with our safety team and the police to ensure the Racecourse Ground is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

“These big matches are the occasions we all relish as football supporters, and we do not need a small minority to ruin the day off the pitch, either inside or outside the ground – win, lose or draw.

“Wrexham AFC are also aware of the growing trend in youth-related disorder on matchdays this season, as outlined in North Wales Police’s statement; and are working with them to identify further individuals in this group of concern.

“Please support the Club, the police and our community in these goals.”

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