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Police thank fans as derby match ‘enjoyed in the right spirit’

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 9th, 2017.

Last night saw the first non-bubble match of recent times taking place between Wrexham and Chester football clubs, with police praising the conduct of the fans.

Superintendent Richard Rees said: “This was the first match to take place between the two sides since the safe transport arrangements were lifted last season and it was pleasing to see the vast majority of fans enjoying the match in a friendly, but competitive, spirit.”

“There was an unavoidable delay to the match kick-off to help us facilitate the safe arrival of all supporters to the ground on what was a busy night in the city, and we thank supporters for their co-operation and patience.

“There were a very small number of disturbances earlier in the day before the match began, but officers acted swiftly to diffuse any signs of trouble and ensure there was no risk to the wider public. In total, eight dispersal notices were issued and four arrests were made.

“Overall we were pleased to see that both sets of supporters enjoyed the match in the right spirit and we thank them, as well as both clubs and our other partners, for their co-operation and support.”

Two local men have been charged by police. A 39 year old man has been charged with threatening and abusive language and a 47 year old man charged for allegedly being drunk and disorderly. Both will appear before Magistrates shortly.

A 57 year old man was earlier released with no further action to be taken, while a 28-year-old man from the Chester area remains in custody.

More from last night here…

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