Pools and Carlisle fans warned: We’ll have no trouble here

Police are keen to avoid scenes like this when Hartlepool play Carlisle on Saturday.
Police are keen to avoid scenes like this when Hartlepool play Carlisle on Saturday.

Police have warned football fans to behave at this weekend’s Hartlepool United v Carlisle United clash at Victoria Park.

Pools take on the Cumbrians on Saturday, in a League Two game which kicks off at 3pm.

The match traditionally attracts a large travelling support, and Cleveland Police have warned fans that they won’t tolerate any trouble.

Extra officers will be on duty around the town, including a unit filming any known troublemakers.

A spokesman said: “It is Cleveland Police’s aim to work alongside the football club to make the fixture an enjoyable, safe and crime-free experience for all.

“Unfortunately, there are a small number of people who attend football matches with the intention of committing anti-social behaviour and, on occasions, disorder.

“We would like to remind those people that we will not tolerate any disorder, and those that are intent on behaving inappropriately could face prosecution or being banned from future football games.

“The matchday police operation will see officers deployed in uniform across the town, engaging with supporters from both clubs.

“Our visible presence will reassure the local community and those attending the game, and officers trained in overt filming will also be in the town to help identify any offenders of crime and disorder.”

Match Commander, Superintendent Mark Thornton, added: “We wish all a happy and safe day and ask that supporters from both clubs talk with officers and enjoy their time in Cleveland.”