Met Police to separate fans inside London Stadium for West Ham v Stoke
PUBLISHED: 09:54 04 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:14 04 November 2016
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Metropolitan Police officers will be based inside the London Stadium for the first time at tomorrow’s game between West Ham and Stoke.
The move comes after fighting broke out between hundreds of Chelsea and West Ham supporters at the Stratford stadium last Wednesday.
Officers will deployed between West Ham and Stoke fans in a bid to “support stadium stewards” and “prevent crime and disorder” according to a Met Police spokesman.
Commander BJ Harrington of the Met’s Public Order Command said: “Disorder at football events is usually caused by a significant minority of people intent on spoiling the match for others.
“This minority should be aware that criminal or disorderly behaviour will result in arrest, if not at the match, then as part of the post match investigation.”
The Airwave radio system will not be in place for Saturday’s game,
A spokesman for the Met police said: “A tactical measure will be in place to ensure adequate airwave coverage for safe deployment of officers within the stadium.”
West Ham United has already pledged to give 200 fans stadium bans following the violent scenes at last week’s game.
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