Four arrests made at Yorkshire derby in Rotherham

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth
Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth
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The Rotherham and Leeds football derby - which saw hundreds of police on duty amid fears of disorder - took place ‘virtually without incident’, police have said.

More than 2,300 away fans descended on Rotherham for Friday night’s sold out game, which the South Yorkshire team won 2-1.

Four arrests were made and several section 27 notices - which give police the power to move people on from a particular area - were issued to fans causing trouble in Rotherham town centre.

The police operation involved more than 250 officers and staff.

Chief Insp Richard Butterworth, who led the operation, said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their co-operation. From the fans to the licensees, to our partners and the officers and staff, whose professionalism and careful planning ensured the game passed with very few incidents.

“With over 11,000 fans, nearly 2,300 of them being away fans, there was the potential for trouble to start. However, the majority of fans came for the love of the game and enjoyed watching a great match. We only had a small number causing trouble that were quickly dealt with.”