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Trust: Grimsby Policing Update

The Iron Trust have held a meeting with Humberside Police to discuss the policing of last season’s FA Cup first round tie at Grimsby.

Violence erupted at the train station and on the beach as United fans were left to make their way back to the train station unescorted.

Members of the Iron Trust board met with Superintendent David Hall and PC Paul Hurrell to discuss issues raised by members.

Humberside Police gave a full and frank overview of the match day and the issues presented to the force in maintaining public safety, of which can be seen below in this statement from Superintendent Hall to Trust members:

“I found the meeting extremely beneficial, and provided an invaluable insight in to how the policing arrangements had adversely affected supporters who travelled to and from the fixture by train.

“Hopefully the meeting provided you a similar insight into some of the threats and challenges present on the day.

“Events that subsequently occurred at Grimsby Railway Station prior to kick off, and on route to Cleethorpes Railway Station after the match were regrettable and highlight the necessity to maintain timely and effective communication between all parties.

“I would like to reassure you and your members that at no time did I intend to mislead. My decisions were based upon the information available at the time with a view to protecting life, preventing crime and preserving public order.

“I welcome your kind offer of developing a working relationship, with particular emphasis on exploring options presented by social media. With a new season’s fixture list likely to contain a number of local derbies, I am sure to be in touch.”

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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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