Police praise fans

The scene outside Victoria Park
The scene outside Victoria Park
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POLICE have praised football fans after a potentially volatile game passed without any major incidents.

Hartlepool United hosted Sheffield Wednesday at Victoria Park on Saturday in a fixture which was marred by violence last season.

Ahead of the match police had appealed for calm after last year’s fixture saw one visiting fan left with serious head injuries after trouble flared in Church Street.

Extra police were drafted in to deal with any disorder at the weekend, but no arrests were made.

PC Mick Hume, football intelligence officer for Hartlepool Police, said: “We did have a strong police presence around the town before, during and after the game but it passed without incident.

“There were no indications of violence at all.

“We are very pleased, and would like to say well done to both sets of fans.

“We put a warning in the Hartlepool Mail last week which also went out in the Sheffield newspaper, so both sets of fans were aware. But everyone was very well behaved.”

l Match report: SportMail