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Three arrests on derby day

A Doncaster woman and a teenage boy were amongst those arrested before the game with Doncaster Rovers at Glanford Park. on Saturday.

The woman was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and the teenager was detained for criminal damage after three bus windows were smashed on a double decker transporting supporters from Scunthorpe town centre to the football ground.

There were approximately 70 people on the bus that was damaged and following the incident police boarded the vehicle and allowed some supporters to disembark and attend the football. In order to prevent further disorder around 40 people were detained on the bus as it was escorted back to Doncaster where it was met by South Yorkshire Police officers and those on board were then allowed to get off.

At the match itself there were several pockets of trouble within the ground resulting in a total of 14 people being ejected from both the home and away ends and a small number of Section 27 Dispersal Orders being issued, requiring the recipients to leave the ground and the surrounding area.

Trouble flared in the Doncaster Road End, where fans were able to pay on the gate, but the Iron’s General Manager David Beeby had later tweeted suggesting Scunthorpe fans were fighting amongst themselves and that he believed no Doncaster fans were involved.

Two smoke bombs were also let off during the game, by both sets of supporters.

A statement issued by police said: “All three arrests were made ahead of the match; one Doncaster woman was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and a Scunthorpe man was detained for a Section 5 public order offence.

“The third arrest was that of a teenage boy from Doncaster, who was detained for criminal damage after three bus windows were smashed on a double decker transporting supporters from Scunthorpe town centre to the football ground.

Match commander Chief Inspector Neil Pattison said: “This was a pre-planned operation which involved joint working between Humberside and South Yorkshire Police as well as British Transport Police and we are very grateful for the support provided to us by our colleagues.

“There was also a lot of close working with the football club itself and great co-operation from licensees across Scunthorpe.

“Sadly it was the minority of people who caused the trouble and marred what should have been a pleasant family day out.

“We used the powers available to us to try to limit the disorder which saw a number of people being escorted out of town without even entering Glanford Park and others being removed from the ground during the course of the match.

“Violence at football matches will not be tolerated and we will continue to work with Scunthorpe United to ensure true football supporters can go along to the match and watch a game of football, without the upset of witnessing aggressive behaviour from a small few.”

 

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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