Extra police on duty in Sheffield for local derby

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Extra police officers will be on duty when Sheffield Wednesday play Leeds United in a fiercely contested local derby this weekend.

Around 28,000 fans are expected at Hillsborough for Wednesday’s last home game of the season

Police chiefs have announced that there will be ‘significant extra police resources’ used before, during and after the game, which kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Superintendent Scott Green, who is the Police Commander for the fixture, said: “We are planning for a safe, enjoyable event for everyone attending.

“It’s the last home match of the season for Sheffield Wednesday and a local derby and I want to make it clear that no level of disorder will be tolerated.

“We will have sufficient resources in place to deal with those intent on causing trouble.

“Once the final whistle has been blown, Sheffield Wednesday players will want to come back out on the pitch to mark their last home game of the season. We encourage fans to respect this, and remember that it is a criminal offence to enter the playing area. We are working with Sheffield Wednesday to prevent this from happening.”

Supt Green warned of the possibility of increased traffic in the city because of engineering work on the Supertram network.

“With tram services to and from the Hillsborough ground not running, there is likely to be a large volume of traffic on the roads around the ground,” he said.

“Some extra bus services are being provided, but please ensure you plan your journey and leave plenty of time to avoid delays.”

A Sheffield Wednesday spokesman said: “The club would like to welcome supporters of both clubs to Hillsborough for the Owls’ last home fixture of the season in what is set to be an exciting Yorkshire derby.

“We are working alongside South Yorkshire Police to ensure this is an enjoyable, safe fixture and encourage supporters to plan their journeys to the ground and to leave plenty of time.”

Supporters attending the game can follow @SWFC_police on Twitter for advice and updates before, during and after the match.

If using public transport, visit www.travelsouthyorkshire.com to plan journeys.