Officers thank supporters after DCFC support march
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Officers have extended thanks to football supporters after a march in support of Derby County Football club was deemed ‘a real success’ yesterday.
A crowd of around 9000 gathered in the city centre on Sunday morning (30 January), with supporters from both Derby County and Birmingham marching in unison in solidarity with the home club.
The march began in the marketplace and made its way through to the Pride Park Stadium, prior to the kickoff of the match at 1.30pm.
Several rolling roadblocks were in place for the duration of the march and a comprehensive policing plan was in place to allow supporters to allow their voices to be heard in a safe manner.
PC Roger Brown QPM, the dedicated footballing police officer for Derby County, said:
“Yesterday’s march showed the absolute best of football supporters, with those from the home and away team coming together in support of DCFC.
“On the whole the march was a resounding success, and those who turned out worked alongside officers to ensure they all reached the ground safely.
“I’d like to share my thanks to everyone who took part yesterday and to those who may have been visiting the city centre on matters unrelated to football, for their patience during the inevitable traffic disruption that road closures cause.
“Unfortunately, during the game itself a minority of supporters were involved in disorder which included letting off pyrotechnics and throwing bottles.
“Five people were arrested following the match for offences ranging from public order, launching pyrotechnics and assault of an emergency worker.
“We continue to work with club to make enquiries into the incidences of disorder within the ground yesterday. This includes collating CCTV footage to identify anyone who we believe may have committed an offence.
“That being said, the vast majority of fans were a credit to both clubs and on such a busy day we are grateful that we saw the best of what football fans can do.”