Axminster man arrested at local soccer derby

PUBLISHED: 11:26 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:26 04 April 2016


Twelve people accused of a variety of offences at the Exeter v Plymouth football match

A 28-year-old Axminster man was one of 12 people arrested for a variety of alleged offences connected with the Exeter City versus Plymouth Argyle football match on Saturday (April 2).

Chief Inspector Richard Hooper-Bennett said: “For a crowd of around 8,000 people, to report that we had just 12 arrests reflects well on the day as this is a very small number.

“It was a large but smooth policing operation; the majority of Plymouth fans came to the match on official club coaches, but there was a large group of Plymouth fans who had pre-match drinks in the Walkabout and these were given an escort to St James Park prior to kick-off.

“A group of away fans were also retained at full-time for a short period to help with crowd dispersal; these fans were then escorted to St David’s Train Station. There are no reported incidents following the full-time whistle.

“Those arrested for football related disorder are now at risk of having football banning orders applied to them in addition to any court disposals.

“I would like to thank the vast majority of fans who behaved impeccably and enjoyed a Devon Derby played in the sunshine.”

The Axminster man was arrested for entering a football field and was bailed until May 25.

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