11 Fans Arrested At Villa Game In Leicester
11 January 2015, 07:22
11 people have been arrested during Aston Villa's 1 nil defeat at Leciester yesterday.
Before the match at the King Power Stadium officers say they had reports that some fans from both clubs were planning trouble.
A 16-year-old has been charged with having a firework underage, a 24-year-old's been carged with having an offensive weapon. They have both been given football banning orders.
Nine others were arrested during the match on suspicion of affray and criminal damage.
After getting intellegence that trouble was being planned, police say they searched 87 people heading to the match and that's when the weapon and firework were found.
Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay from Leicestershire Police, said: “In August last year the Force signed up to the Government’s Best Use of Stop and Search Scheme.
“The voluntary scheme aims to achieve greater transparency and community involvement in the use of stop and search powers. The scheme also encourages forces to tell people when there is a Section 60 authorisation in advance of the powers being used.
“The decision to approve these powers for today’s match was not taken lightly, from intelligence received about the potential for disorder involving football fans I authorised my officers to stop fans who had the potential to be involved in disorder.
“As a result of the actions we took today we were able to prevent serious disorder from taking place and allow law abiding supporters to enjoy the game.”