16 February 2013
Football Operation - Update
The policing operation in support of Luton
Town V Millwall 5th round cup tie has concluded today
with no major issues.
Seven people were arrested over the course of
the day, for public order offences. Three men were arrested before
the game – one for breach of a court order; another man was
arrested for affray inside the ground after stewards ejected him
from the crowd.
Millwall fans were escorted safely away from
the ground and back onto trains by about 4pm.
The other arrests, including one for throwing
a bottle at a police horse, were made after the game in the town
centre after a short stand off between police and a minority of
fans in the areas of Dudley Street and George Street.
All those arrested remain in custody pending
Officers from Bedfordshire Police,
Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Constabularies, Metropolitan
Police Service, along with support from Thames Valley Police
mounted section and British Transport Police were involved in
today’s operation which stretched between London and Luton.
“I have been pleased with the way today’s
policing operation has gone,” said Supt Linda Kelly, tactical
commander for the day. “It was an excellent partnership between
ourselves, the clubs, the other forces and agencies. It is a shame
that a small minority behaved badly after the game but the vast
majority of fans enjoyed the occasion despite the result on the
field and went away without causing any problems.
“There will be a debrief and any people we
identify who did cause problems we will look to arrest at a later