Police warning ahead of AFC Telford and Hereford clash

Supporters have been warned to leave drugs and pyrotechnics at home ahead of AFC Telford United's crunch clash with Hereford this weekend.

Fans during the trip to Hereford last season
Fans during the trip to Hereford last season

West Mercia Police has warned supporters against taking drugs or pyrotechnics with them, ahead of what the force has called an emotive game.

Telford against Hereford is somewhat of a derby in the National League North and will have some added spice with the Bucks vying for the play-offs.

Superintendent Sue Thomas, policing commander for Herefordshire, has said a large police presence has been put in place, and anyone who has taken drugs or is in possession of drugs will not be permitted into the ground.

She said: "We are expecting a large and passionate crowd this Saturday so please give yourself plenty of time to get to the ground.

"There is much at stake for AFC Telford and it will be an exciting and emotive game. There is a proportionate policing operation in place to ensure everyone stays safe and enjoys the game and the local community can go about their business in the city.

"All our officers are there to help and support the public so if you've got any concerns please speak to them.

"For anyone attending the game, they are reminded not to bring any form of pyrotechnics such as flares to the match as there will be thorough searches carried out at the gates.

"If anyone is found to be in possession of pyrotechnics they will not only have them confiscated but they will be arrested too, which will mean they miss the match. Those who may have taken drugs or have drugs on them will not be accepted at a family event such as this and you can expect to see officers actively ensuring a safe and fun day is had by all.

"Protecting the public from harm is our number one priority and we will police the match accordingly with any disorder by either set of fans quickly dealt with."

The force has also said investigations are continuing following the unacceptable behaviour of some fans two weeks ago at Edgar Street in the home game against Stockport County FC and arrests are expected.

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