High spirits after Pompey’s first home game but no sign of riots

STRENGTH Police were out in numbers at the weekend
STRENGTH Police were out in numbers at the weekend
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POLICE were out in force over the weekend as Pompey met Brighton in a derby at Fratton Park.

But despite having to close Goldsmith Avenue due to the large numbers of supporters, Hampshire constabulary say there were no major incidents involving crowds after the game on Saturday.

And police say the area was quiet over the weekend, despite being on high alert for the possibility of riots following the problems across the country last week.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: ‘We have been monitoring it over the weekend but we haven’t had any incidents.

‘We have had officers ready to deal with anything that may have occurred.

‘The public have been great. We have been communicating through social media.

‘We haven’t had any specific incidents in connection with the riots.’

It is not yet known when officers from Hampshire Constabulary will return from assisting the Met police in London.