Police from Lincoln and Nuneaton praise Imps fans on away trip
Police officers from both Lincolnshire and Warwickshire have praised Lincoln City fans following yesterday’s Conference clash at Nuneaton Town.
Almost 500 Imps made the journey west for a battle of the two high-flying teams with the away support monitored closely by a large police presence.
It comes after last season’s fixture in March was marred by violence between the two sets of rival fans - and subsequent 87 arrests.
Police have today confirmed no arrests were made at yesterday’s 2-2 draw.
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Around 100 City fans were escorted by police from Nuneaton Train Station to The Granby pub at around 11.15am, before they were then escorted to Liberty Way Stadium at 2pm.
The Echo understands 90 police officers were on patrol in Nuneaton on the day – a high level of policing for a Conference fixture. Police dogs and riot vans were also used.
Other than a brief confrontation between Imps supporters and a handful of Nuneaton fans at the beginning of the escort to the ground, the day passed without incident.
City fans were then closely monitored by British Transport Police officers on their train journey home.
Patrol inspector Darren Webster, of Warwickshire Police, said: “This was a successful day for policing with an enhanced presence in Nuneaton.
“Fans were just being fans. There were no arrest, no disorder and the fans were in high spirits.”
PC Andy Pearson, of Lincolnshire Police, added: “The travelling support created an excellent atmosphere throughout the game.
“There was a large and visible police presence to prevent disorder and ensure the local community had minimal disruption on the day.
“Before the match, a large Lincoln group, in excess of 100, was escorted to the stadium with no reported problems.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience on the day.”