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Loyalvillan

Police Issue Statement Ahead Of The SHA Game

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West Midlands Police are encouraging supporters to enjoy the Second City derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City this weekend.

Meetings between the two sides are always full of tension and Sunday promises to be no different with Blues hovering perilously above the Championship relegation zone.

Police presence at Villa Park and around the surrounding areas will be far greater than usual with a sell-out crowd for just the third time this season expected. And potential troublemakers have been warned that any untoward behaviour will not be tolerated.

Match commander Chief Superintendent Dave Sturman said: "The first match of the season between the clubs at St Andrew’s last October passed without any major disorder and we are hoping that this weekend’s game will run even more smoothly.

"We will have a similar policing operation in place with a highly visible presence of officers and once again we will be deploying a drone which will enable us to monitor crowds and any flashpoints.

"Our ‘eye in the sky’ can fly up to 400ft and covers a wide area in a short amount of time capturing quality, high definition video in real time.

"The vast majority of supporters are well-behaved but there may be some who see the fixture as an excuse to cause trouble.

"We will not tolerate crime or violence which is connected to football. Anyone who is arrested for football-related matters may face the risk of a banning order which will prevent them from attending future fixtures."

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8 hours ago, Loyalvillan said:

West Midlands Police are encouraging supporters to enjoy the Second City derby between Aston Villa and Birmingham City this weekend.

Meetings between the two sides are always full of tension and Sunday promises to be no different with Blues hovering perilously above the Championship relegation zone.

Police presence at Villa Park and around the surrounding areas will be far greater than usual with a sell-out crowd for just the third time this season expected. And potential troublemakers have been warned that any untoward behaviour will not be tolerated.

Match commander Chief Superintendent Dave Sturman said: "The first match of the season between the clubs at St Andrew’s last October passed without any major disorder and we are hoping that this weekend’s game will run even more smoothly.

"We will have a similar policing operation in place with a highly visible presence of officers and once again we will be deploying a drone which will enable us to monitor crowds and any flashpoints.

"Our ‘eye in the sky’ can fly up to 400ft and covers a wide area in a short amount of time capturing quality, high definition video in real time.

"The vast majority of supporters are well-behaved but there may be some who see the fixture as an excuse to cause trouble.

"We will not tolerate crime or violence which is connected to football. Anyone who is arrested for football-related matters may face the risk of a banning order which will prevent them from attending future fixtures."

They did a brilliant job at the Sty even if I did feel it was a tad overkill and no doubt they will do the same this weekend.

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3 hours ago, avstu said:

They did a brilliant job at the Sty even if I did feel it was a tad overkill and no doubt they will do the same this weekend.

Yes,  brilliant job on villa fans,  compulsory detention and a 2 mile walk before being released. Where as this weekend it's villa fans inconvenienced again with access to the ground while blues fans are  getting free travel with a free drink and a swift departure. 

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I don't know why they are making such a song and dance about it this time,  there hasn't really been any trouble at Villa Park for villa blues matches since that night in 2003 when Dion Dublin got sent off. Although like every other year there will be a large group of them that use the canal network to arrive in Aston to cause trouble while avoiding police surveillance. But the real trouble will as always be later in the afternoon and evening in the pubs of Birmingham. 1 or 2 of them  drive round looking for villa fans in pubs,  when found,  phone calls are made and the Zulus land. 

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12 hours ago, Patrick said:

Yes,  brilliant job on villa fans,  compulsory detention and a 2 mile walk before being released. Where as this weekend it's villa fans inconvenienced again with access to the ground while blues fans are  getting free travel with a free drink and a swift departure. 

Although annoying the Police did do a top job imo! safety over convenience has to be the target!

And i think the reason we dont have too much trouble nowadays id because of the massive police operations 

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12 hours ago, Loyalvillan said:

Although annoying the Police did do a top job imo! safety over convenience has to be the target!

And i think the reason we dont have too much trouble nowadays id because of the massive police operations 

I think its because we and the Noses have developed a sense of mutual respect that borders on love for our fellow Brummies:whistle

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Quite a few furious Villa fans who sit or stand in the lower north were in the North Stand car park today. They had already been told   to walk  the long way round to enter the ground via Trinity road only to be denied access from north stand car park  to the lower north turnstiles in Witton Lane.  They were then told  that they had to walk all the way back round again to witton lane  by where  the blues fans coaches were parked so they could get to  to the turnstiles. 

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After the match I caught the bus (to avoid the crowds), which was a big mistake. It was diverted, delayed by heavy traffic and then bypassed my stop by returning to its route further along from where I live, meaning I had to get a bus back from there. What should have been a 20' walk home took over an hour. :doh:

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1 hour ago, Larry-AV said:

After the match I caught the bus (to avoid the crowds), which was a big mistake. It was diverted, delayed by heavy traffic and then bypassed my stop by returning to its route further along from where I live, meaning I had to get a bus back from there. What should have been a 20' walk home took over an hour. :doh:

What bus Larry,  the 11.  ?

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It was the 7, Patrick. It was diverted via Aston Lane to Perry Barr, then took the 907 route via College Road, where it rejoined its own route just past The Ridgeway, which was where I alighted to get the bus back.

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8 hours ago, Larry-AV said:

It was the 7, Patrick. It was diverted via Aston Lane to Perry Barr, then took the 907 route via College Road, where it rejoined its own route just past The Ridgeway, which was where I alighted to get the bus back.

Not sure,  but the diversion may have had something to do with blues coaches Larry. I walked up Witton road after the match and don't recall seeing a number 7 going either way. Then when I got to 6 ways Aston after a brief visit to the sacred heart. I seen the blues coaches in a police escort coming along  birchfield road by the Barton arms. 

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You are correct, Patrick, both the 7 and 11 were diverted. The traffic in Aston Lane from Perry Barr was blocked off by the Police, to allow the Blues' coaches to drive away on the wrong side of the road, escorted by the police. My bus and the other traffic heading towards Perry Barr were not blocked, but the volume of traffic meant the movement was at snails pace.

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Typo.

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Well done to WMP for facilitating a safe game with minimal trouble if any to speak of!

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I wonder if there will be any repercussions because of the prats running on the pitch 

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16 hours ago, Patrick said:

I wonder if there will be any repercussions because of the prats running on the pitch 

Blues fans are trying to get us into trouble for that because of the Robinson FA charge....

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