West Ham v Millwall: Two arrests as huge police operation keeps the peace

A massive police operation at the West Ham - Millwall game kept the peace on Newham’s streets today.

Mounted police officers and lines of colleagues in Green Street and surrounding areas kept things mainly quiet.

There were just two major arrests at the game. Scotland Yard said one man was arrested for affray before the game and taken into custody and after the game an other was arrested for assault on a police officer. He is understood to have thrown a missile.

All local pubs were asked to shut to prevent any problems. The normally busy Boleyn was boarded up before the game kicked off at 12.30pm. Some shops also decided to avoid damage and problems by closing for the day.

Most pubs are being allowed to re-open this evening.


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Before the game, fans of both football clubs were warned by police to behave for a match marred by violence in the past.

Scotland Yard said it had liaised closely with both clubs to ensure the match was safe and trouble-free.

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While there is no information around disorder being organised, the Met, British Transport Police and other agencies put in a pan-London operation in place for match day.

Police officers were at Upton Park and throughout London for the duration of the game.

They also employed a range of tactics to identify and target potential troublemakers.

Borough Acting Commander Chief Supt Sean Vickers, match commander for the event, said before the game that the Met has a great deal of experience in policing high-profile football matches in London and would not tolerate any troublemakers.

After the match Chief Supt Vickers said: “I would like to thank fans for their behaviour for what has been a largely succcesful operation.”

The Met said they worked closely with Millwall and West Ham for several months to deliver an event that legitimate football fans would enjoy. There were no arrests inside the ground.

The Hammers won the game 2-1 to remain top of the Championship. See report by Steve Blowers.

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