Rail booze ban for Pools fans

HARTLEPOOL United fans travelling back from Saturday’s game with Charlton have been warned alcohol will be banned on trains north.

British Transport Police have ruled that all East Coast Mainline services leaving King’s Cross after 5pm will be “dry”, with no alcohol to be taken on board and none to be served.

Pools fans traditionally travel to the last away game of the season in large numbers, with many in fancy dress.

And while police are expecting a carnival atmosphere, officers are aware that Pools’ rivals Darlington are playing in the capital on the same day against Mansfield, in the FA Trophy final at Wembley.

PC Mick Hume, Hartlepool Police’s football liaison officer, said: “We expect a party atmosphere, as is usually the case for Pools’ last away game.

“But British Transport Police have asked us to publicise the train home will be dry after the game.”