Tuesday 17 October 2017

Met deploys extra officers to London Stadium for West Ham v Stoke match

Police had to step in after trouble flared between West Ham and Chelsea supporters at the London Stadium last month
Police had to step in after trouble flared between West Ham and Chelsea supporters at the London Stadium last month

The Metropolitan Police will deploy officers inside the London Stadium for West Ham's Premier League clash with Stoke on Saturday.

Security has been a major issue since the Hammers' move to the ground on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the start of this season.

There were ugly scenes at last week's EFL Cup match between West Ham and London rivals Chelsea despite police officers being inside the stadium for the first time.

The Football Association opened an investigation after six people were arrested and more than 200 fans face banning orders.

Stoke will be the next visitors to the ground, and a statement from the police read: " The Metropolitan Police Service has a comprehensive, and robust, policing plan for the match on Saturday, November 5 between West Ham and Stoke at London Stadium.

"We are working with partners to prevent crime and disorder and can confirm that officers will be deployed within the stadium to support stadium stewards throughout the match.

"Although Airwave radio is not yet installed at the venue, a tactical measure will be in place to ensure adequate airwave coverage for safe deployment of officers within the stadium."

Stoke have sold out their 2,800 allocation for Saturday's game and a section of visiting supporters have been relocated as part of a change in protocol in a bid to help prevent trouble.

Potters boss Mark Hughes is happy with the new arrangements, saying: ''I think there is a different policy and they are addressing concerns we have had.

"I think they are doing things a little bit differently - there will be more of a police presence actually in the ground to begin with, and more segregation.

''So I think we're quite comfortable. We have a really fantastic following away from home, we're very proud of it and proud of how they behave and conduct themselves."

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