New fans welcomed to Derby as Rams take on Port Vale
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Thousands of excited fans are expected to make their way to Pride Park Stadium this weekend as Derby County take on Port Vale in the next round of League One.
If you’re heading to the match on Saturday (8 October), you can expect to see the Derbyshire Constabulary Football Unit and teams of supporting officers from across the force at various points across the stadium and in the local area.
It marks the first time the two clubs have met in a league fixture since 1995, and with the game expected to attract thousands of fans, the policing teams are there to make sure everyone enters, enjoys, and leaves the game safely. They will be visible throughout the stadium and speaking to fans.
PC Michael Turner, of the Football Policing Unit, said: “Saturday is looking to be a really exciting match for fans of both sides, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people to Derby for the game.
“Engaging with fans, being a part of the match day experience and ensuring everyone can enjoy themselves is so important for us and I am really pleased that we’ll have an excellent set of officers in Derby doing just that.
“Everyone on the policing operation is wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable match. Please feel free to come and speak to us, ask for photos, or tell us about anything that might be concerning you.”
With lots of new fans expected to be visiting Derby for the first time, please familiarise yourself with the local area and amenities. Information can be found through Derby County Football Club, or feel free to speak to officers on arrival.
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Instructions for coaches attending matches
The directions to the PP Stadium are to be used by visiting away coaches; there will not normally be any police escort/ RVP to coach companies that have informed us in advance of travelling.
PSV operators are reminded of the terms of Section 1 (1) of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985, as amended by the Public Order Act 1986, which prohibits the carriage of alcohol on a PSV that is being used for the principal purpose of carrying passengers for the whole or part of a journey to or from a designated sporting event.
It is an offence for an operator of a PSV (or his servant or agent) knowingly to cause or permit the carriage of alcohol on journeys to which these Regulations apply.
In addition to these statutory provisions, the police have asked that operators comply with the following guidelines when conveying passengers to such sporting events:
Coach operators taking bookings from groups of supporters are to notify the police liaison officer at the destination, at least 48 hours before the event, of the number of supporters expected to travel and the number of coaches booked.
Coaches are not to stop within 10 miles of the venue either en route to or on departure from the event unless prior agreement is obtained from the local police liaison officer. c. Unless directed otherwise by a police officer, coaches may stop at premises where intoxicating liquor is sold only if it is sold ancillary to a substantial meal. Prior agreement for meal stops where alcohol is available should be sought from the operator’s local police liaison officer.
Coaches are to arrive at the venue no earlier than two hours before and not later than one hour before the scheduled start of the game, unless otherwise directed by police. e. Coaches are not to set down or uplift passengers at any unauthorised locations without prior permission of the police.
Coaches must leave the venue within one hour of the finish of the event. g. Intoxicating liquor must not be carried on coaches travelling to or from designated grounds. Operators will draw hirers’ attention to the requirements of the law, and drivers shall, as far as reasonably practical, supervise boarding passengers and check that they are not obviously carrying intoxicating alcohol. Drivers will not be expected to carry out baggage or body searches, nor will they be expected to confiscate alcohol or to remove passengers without police assistance.
Operators are asked to comply with these guidelines on a voluntary basis. However if the police inform the Traffic Commissioner of any failure on an operator’s part to comply with them the Commissioner will consider applying them as a formal condition to that operator’s license under the authority of Section 16(3) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981.”