Derby policing plan in place

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A major policing operation has been planned for the first South Yorkshire derby of the football season - with bobbies having their days off cancelled to boost numbers.

Sheffield Wednesday travel to the New York Stadium next Tuesday to take on Rotherham United, on the same night Barnsley meet Scunthorpe at home, Sheffield United host Burton Albion and Doncaster play Rochdale.

Extra officers have been drafted in for all the games, with the Rotherham v Wednesday clash set to have most.

The Capital One Cup game, expected to be a sell-out, will be the first time the teams have met for five years.

Chief Inspector Caroline Rollitt, who is in charge of policing the game, said: “It’s the first local derby of the season and the first time Sheffield Wednesday fans will have been to the New York Stadium, so we are expecting a capacity crowd.”

She said police officers would be in Sheffield and Rotherham from mid-afternoon, and ‘pedestrian management’ at the end of the game will mean Rotherham fans directed towards John Street and Wednesday fans down New York Way to avoid a clash.

“This is to ease congestion and for the safety of people,” she said.

She wanted fans without tickets not to turn up.

“Sheffield Wednesday’s 2,000 allocation has sold out and there are only around 1,500 Rotherham tickets left – our advice is not to turn up without a ticket as you won’t get in.

“And if any away fans try to get into the home stand, they will be ejected.”

Chf Insp Rollitt said fans looking for trouble would be arrested.

“Any fans looking to cause trouble with rival fans need to be aware there will be a lot of police officers on duty, and a lot of stewards from both clubs,” she said.

“Those intent on causing trouble need to be prepared to be arrested, but I don’t expect it to be an issue.

“All the other local teams are playing at home that night too, so we are prepared - officers have had days off cancelled.”