Pompey fans praised after drop in crimes

The police operation at the Pompey v Southampton match at Fratton Park on  Sunday  December 18, 2011has been praised
The police operation at the Pompey v Southampton match at Fratton Park on Sunday December 18, 2011has been praised
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POMPEY fans have been praised by police after football-related crime and disorder plummeted.

Latest Home office figures show 24 fans of the club are subject to football banning orders – down more than 68 per cent from 75 in the 2009/10 season.

Despite two south coast derby games in 2011/12, only 17 Pompey fans were arrested for football-related matters for the entire 2011/12 season.

Of those, nine were at home matches and eight at away games, with the most arrests – eight – being for public disorder.

In total, four football banning orders were imposed on Pompey fans last season.

Superintendent Rick Burrows from Hampshire police said: ‘What’s great to see is Portsmouth fans getting behind the team and the club and making a success of it. With that you get a positive fan feeling.’

Police put the drop – which is reflected nationally – down to factors including a number of banning orders issued to fans after the trouble-fuelled Pompey v Saints games in 2004 running their course.

Supt Burrows added: ‘The decline could be equated to the drops after the more lengthy bans from Op Penalty which was the massive disorder in 2004. National figures also show a decline across the board, a reduction in arrests and banning orders.

‘Portsmouth has been reflecting that national decline. What we have seen this season is a reduction in arrests pro rata over the last 14 home games. It could be around the change in league. Sometimes different leagues have a different likelihood of disorder.

‘League One have got a lot smaller teams and you don’t have the history of disorder.’ COMMENT n PAGE 28