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Club Respond To Banning Order Numbers

20 September 2019

Club News

Club Respond To Banning Order Numbers

20 September 2019

The Government has issued its official statistics on football-related arrests and banning orders issued in the 2018 to 2019 season.

The numbers for Shrewsbury Town have increased slightly which bucks the trend over recent seasons of the figure going down each season.

This increase can be traced back to the games at home to Wolves and Walsall last season where the majority of these figures came from.

ShrewsWeb spoke to the clubs Safety Officer Lawrence Ellerby to find out a little bit more about the figures.

"I think the figures are a reflection on a significant police investigation after the game at home to Wolves last season", said Lawrence.

"That has skewed the figures a little bit as there were a number of arrests around that game following a lengthy investigation.

"We worked with the police closely after the Wolves game and again after the Walsall game where there were some arrests and those two games account for the vast majority of the banning orders so hence the increase."

Over the season the majority of games at the Montgomery Waters Meadow will only attract a small police presence. The club's security staff and stewards control most games, but for any higher profile game, Lawrence will discuss with the Police what presence is needed.

"Over the season we have a mixture of police free games, and games where we just have police liaison offers rather than a significant policing presence", said Lawrence.

"With the bigger fixtures, Sunderland, Wolves, Walsall, there was a more significant police presence at those games.

"When there are issues this will lead to an investigation and potentially arrests leading to football banning orders"

Over recent seasons the club and West Mercia Police have worked hard to strengthen and improve the relationship between the two. The Police have been keen for their Police Liaison Officers to speak and work with Town supporters to help improve the matchday experience.

"We have good dialogue before and after each game with the police", said Lawrence.

"The local police have been working hard with the Supporters Parliament to really get to speak to people to build that relationship.

"They want to move away from being seen as Spotters and to be more of Police Liaison Officers where fans can approach them and speak to them at games both home and away.

"They don't want to be detached from the whole process to make sure everything is running smoothly."

Shrewsbury Town has worked hard to make the Montgomery Waters Meadow a place where supporters feel safe and welcomed. The focus on free tickets for U12s, affordable prices for children and young adults, as well as a drive to continually improve on our EFL Family Excellence ratings.

"That is the aim of the club to be a place whereby supporters and their families can come along and feel safe and welcomed", said Lawrence.

"The whole reason for the stewarding and police operations is to make things go smoothly on a matchday.

"The vast majority of people who come to the games, both home and away, are here to enjoy the game and have a good day out.

"Unfortunately occasionally it is spoiled by a small number and that is why we have these investigations, and they are dealt with by football banning orders, or by club bans if we feel fit.”

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