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14 February 2013

 

Luton v Millwall Policing Operation

Plans are being finalised for the Luton v Millwall FA Cup 5th round cup tie on Saturday.

A large and very visible police presence will be in the area to help the club with the smooth running of the fixture.

Local residents should expect to see police officers in the town centre for the whole day; with officers predominantly around Kenilworth Road, Bury Park and High Town Road/Midland Road.

It’s not planned to close roads, but obviously those living around the area will be familiar with the pre-and post match congestion that can happen when officers escort away coaches and fans from the stadium.  

The policing operation has a wide remit, and will include colleagues from Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Constabularies who will be looking after matters south of Luton, along with Thames Valley Police who are assisting with dog section and mounted officers integrated within the operation. 

British Transport Police will be operating along the whole of the railway line between Luton and London, with officers on trains and at railway stations.

Two licensed premises will be welcoming away fans from 10am until the kick off at 12.45, these are  Déjà Vu Bar on High Town Road and nearby Charlie Brown’s club (corner of Dudley Street and Midland Road). Both are only yards from Luton central railway station.  

Other town centre pubs will open as normal, but will serve home fans only.

The tie is a sell-out, with Millwall bringing 1500 fans to Kenilworth Road.  The policing operation for the day is being overseen by Chief Supt Mike Colbourne, who warns those who have not got tickets should not to travel to the game.

“Obviously there is a huge amount of interest in the game for current and historical reasons. It’s a fantastic achievement for Luton in particular, to get this far in the cup and we don’t want that to be overshadowed by events off the field.  

We want everyone to have a great time, so we recommend getting to the ground early as there will be a bigger crowd than usual and potential for congestion and queues.

Please don’t travel to Luton if you haven’t been lucky enough to get a ticket for the game as you will be unable to get into the ground, and unless you are a home fan you will be unable to see it in the pub either.”  

     
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