Police claim success with only three arrests at Oxford United-Bristol Rovers game (From Herald Series)
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Police claim success with only three arrests at Oxford United-Bristol Rovers game
THREE people were arrested at yesterday's highly-charged match between Oxford United and Bristol Rovers.
There was a heavy police presence at both the Kassam Stadium and Oxford train station for the visit of Bristol Rovers for the League Two clash.
Police said their operation was successful, although there were several incidents between rival fans in the area immediately surrounding the Kassam just before kick-off.
Police said one man from Bristol and two men from Oxford were arrested. However they have supplied no details on what grounds or if the men were subsequently charged with any offences.
The police presence included several officers on horseback and at the end of the game there were massed ranks of officers at either end of the north stand, where away fans were, to prevent clashes.
Estimates on the number of Rovers fans vary between 1,400 and 2,000.
Superintendent Christian Bunt, the Oxford police commander who was leading the policing operation, said last night: “Today’s football match involved a substantial policing operation to ensure it ran smoothly and safely.
“It is a shame that a few people today thought it would be ok to attend and try to disrupt the enjoyment of others. We will now be carrying out a post-match investigation to establish the full circumstances.
“We have been working closely with the club staff, to plan for today and deal with any potential troublemakers so that it was a safe environment for everybody to support their teams and enjoy the match.”
Bristol Rovers won the match 2-0. Click through to read the match report.