Three arrests after Barnsley FC and Sheffield United derby match

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Three arrests have been made after Barnsley and Sheffield United derby match at Oakwell stadium.

There was an increased police presence in Barnsley for the visit of rivals Sheffield United, which attracted a crowd of 13,571 for the 12.15pm kick off.

Three arrests were made after the match; one for possession of drugs, one for affray and one for another public order offence, and a number of Section 35 dispersal notices were issued following some minor outbreaks of disorder.

The game passed with no arrests or ejections but flares and smoke pellets were thrown during the game. South Yorkshire Police said they would be investigating the incident.

Police also thanked football supporters after the derby at Oakwell and said there had only been minor issues.

Chief Superintendent Tim Innes, the match commander, said: “It was another keenly contested game on the pitch and I’m grateful that the vast majority of fans behaved well off the pitch and were able to enjoy the game.

“Passions always run high for this fixture so it was important we had a high-profile presence in Barnsley town centre and at Oakwell, to ensure the safety of supporters and minimise disruption to other members of the public.

“I’m disappointed that some individuals used flares and threw smoke pellets inside the ground and action will be taken against any individuals identified on CCTV footage.”

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