Police step up security for Spireites and Sheffield United clash

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Derbyshire police will have increased security for this weekend’s clash between Chesterfield FC and Sheffield United FC.

The two sides will meet at the Proact Stadium on Saturday with an early kick-off time of 1pm for the sell-out game.

The police match commander, Chief Inspector Brian McKeown, said: “This exciting fixture always attracts a lot of public interest and we are keen to make sure it is a safe and enjoyable occasion for both sets of supporters.

“The majority of supporters will behave impeccably but there is always a very small minority who go out of their way to spoil it for others.

“We are never complacent and we will deploy officers at key locations to prevent and deal with any incidents of disorder on the day. Our approach will be friendly and engaging.

“There will be a significant operation in place both at the ground and other at key locations in the local areas. This will include police dogs, trained to detect pyrotechnic flares and drugs, so please be responsible and do not attempt to use these on the day.

“We hope supporters will enjoy the match and we ask that they take personal responsibility for their behaviour and drink alcohol responsibly at all times.

“Any person found to be committing any criminal offences will be dealt with fairly and robustly however a football banning order may be sought.”