List of roads set for closure as Portsmouth play Southampton at Fratton Park in Carabao Cup

ROADS could be closed as fans spill out of Fratton Park after what will undoubtedly be a tense game.

Monday, 23rd September 2019, 1:01 am
Updated Friday, 27th September 2019, 7:20 pm
Scott Chilton. Picture: Malcolm Wells (180320-8708)

Police said swathes of streets in the area could be shut if needed to in a bid to ‘ensure the safety of fans’.

A police spokeswoman said: ‘The club has requested that the parking restrictions on Apsley Road, Frogmore Road and Carisbrooke Road are extended to include the whole of each road.

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Scott Chilton. Picture: Malcolm Wells (180320-8708)

‘We also have the option if required to help ensure the safety of fans to close Goldsmith Avenue, from the junction with Priory Crescent to Fratton Road, incorporating Fratton Way, Rodney Road to Milton Road.

‘A closure could be put on at any time between 9pm and 11pm, so please be aware of the potential for some congestion around this area.

‘In addition there will be a barrier on the corner of Specks Lane with Milton Lane.’

Assistant chief constable Scott Chilton told The News: 'There's going to be a really significant policing presence in Portsmouth throughout the day and we'll be using a range of different tactics.

'For instance we'll be using drones, we'll be using intelligence-gathering mechanisms, we'll have helicopters, we'll have police horses, we'll have dogs. All of that is about keeping people safe.'

People on football banning orders have been told not to turn up to matches or they will be 'back before the court,' Mr Chilton said.

Mr Chilton said: 'They'll want the intensity of the fixture, I totally understand that, I understand football.

'There will be people though who take it too far and there will be people who may actually want to cause disruption, cause trouble.

'Those people, some of which we've already been in contact with to tell them we're aware of that, and we'll deal with it.

'We police football in Southampton and Portsmouth every week.

'There are people out there that we know are the hooligan element and there are people out there that will be intent on causing problems.

'We've been having those conversations with them. We know who they are and it's important that we have those discussions to try and deter them.’