Police thank Sheffield residents for ‘patience and understanding’ over policing operation mounted for football derby

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Police chiefs have thanked Sheffield residents for their ‘patience and understanding’ over the massive police operation mounted for the Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds local derby last weekend.

Extra officers were on duty in a bid to prevent rival fans clashing.

They were drafted in from neighbouring forces.

There were four arrests, three people were ejected from Hillsborough football stadium and a number of fans were banned from certain areas under ‘dispersal order’ laws.

Superintendent Scott Green, match commander on the day, said: “This was a highly anticipated fixture and the sheer number of fans in attendance meant this was a challenging operation for all involved.

“Overall, the majority of fans were well behaved and enjoyed the match but there were a minority who chose to engage in disorder and tried to ruin the atmosphere for others.

“The use of Section 35 orders enabled us to disperse these groups and prevent further incidents of disorder, or any potential escalation into more serious crimes.

“I’d like to thank the public of Sheffield for their patience and understanding during a very busy afternoon.”