East Lancashire derby fans praised
POLICE confirmed nine arrests were made during the East Lancashire derby – but they thanked fans after the day passed off without any major incident.
The Turf Moor match ended in a 1-1 draw after Blackburn scored a late equaliser.
Officers made nine arrests, all for minor offences.
A huge operation was put in place which saw Rovers fans leave from both Ewood Park and Altham by coach at 10am for the 12.15pm kick-off and to ensure both sets of supporters were kept apart.
A so-called ‘ring of steel’ was put in place around the ground to segregate supporters before and after the game, with a section of Harry Potts Way closed to traffic ahead of kick-off.
Supt Terry Woods said: “I would like to thank the supporters for being patient, especially around travel arrangements.
“Our sole aim was to ensure that everyone could enjoy the game safely and that the law-abiding, decent supporters didn’t have their day ruined by a small minority.”
Five Burnley fans and four Blackburn fans were charged with a variety of offences after being arrested at the game.
All will appear at Burnley Magistrates’ Court, with Burnley fans appearing on September 27 and the Rovers fans on October 1.
Daniel Fisher, 27, of Prince Street, Burnley; Brian Barnes, 52, of Fir Street, Nelson; and Daniel Riley, 40, of Willows Lane, Accrington, were charged with using threatening words or behaviour.
David Beauchamp, 23, of Briercliffe Road, Burnley, was charged with entering the football field.
Karl Holmes, 29, of Industrial Street, Bacup, was charged with being drunk in a sports ground.
Lindsey Feast, of Lawrence Street, Blackburn, and Kayleigh Wardingley, also of Blackburn, both 25, were charged with theft of a Turf Moor seat.
Matthew Clitheroe, 27, of St Hubert’s Street, Great Harwood, was charged with causing criminal damage.
Liam Riley, 26, of Station Road, Padiham, was charged for using threatening words.
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