Merseyside Police thank Football fans at last nights derby January 29th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments Merseyside Police is thanking the vast majority of fans for their behaviour at the Liverpool v Everton derby game last night, Tuesday, 28 January. Eight men were arrested, both inside and outside the ground, in connection with a variety of offences (details can be found in Editors Notes). Of those, two have been charged, one with an offence of criminal damage and the second with a racially aggravated public order offence. Match Commander Chief Superintendent Carl Krueger said: “Whilst we did see a very small number of people arrested, the overwhelming majority of Liverpool and Everton fans who went to the game were well behaved and I’d like to thank them for their assistance during the policing operation. “I’d also like to thank the fans who got to the stadium well before the match started. We spoke extensively to the media ahead of the game to appeal to supporters to get there as early as possible because of the club putting a stricter than usual searching policy in place to identify anyone carrying flares or other forms of pyrotechnics. “At 7.45pm, less than half the 2700 fans in the away section of the ground had entered the stadium. This inevitably meant that a number of supporters who arrived close to the kick off time got to their seats after the match had started. Everyone was in the stadium by 8.15pm and I would like to thank people for their patience and understanding. “We are also continuing our investigation into reports that a small number of coins and other objects were thrown at the playing area, including reviewing CCTV footage from the stadium. “I’m sure genuine fans agree with me that there’s no place for this type of behaviour at the ground, and if anyone has information about these incidents which could help us to identify the people responsible, I’d ask them to contact the police non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.” ……………………………………………………………………………. 1. A 29-year-old man from Wirral was arrested outside the ground for breach of the peace and bound over for a period of time. The man was spoken to and no further police action will be taken in relation to this matter. 2. Colin Dobie, 30-years-old, of Adlington Street, Liverpool city centre, was arrested outside the ground on suspicion of criminal damage. Dobie was subsequently charged with this offence and has been bailed to appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 20 February. 3. A 36-year-old man was arrested outside the ground on suspicion of ticket touting and he remains in police custody at this time. 4. A 23-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested inside the ground during the game on suspicion of disorder (throwing items during the game at another fan) and taken from the stadium. He has since been spoken to by officers and bailed pending further enquiries. This arrest is not connected to reports of objects being thrown at the playing area. 5. A 19-year-old man from Southport was arrested inside the ground for being drunk and disorderly. He was spoken to by officers and issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. 6. A 22-year-old man from Knowsley was arrested outside the ground for breach of the peace and bound over for a period of time. He was spoken to by officers and no further police action will be taken in relation to this matter. 7. A 25-year-old was arrested inside the ground for being drunk and disorderly. He was spoken to by officers and issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. 8. Paul Howells, 27-years-old, of Wellbrow Road, Walton, was arrested inside the ground for a racially aggravated public order offence and subsequently charged. Howells has been bailed to appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 20 February. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!