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Police escort for football fans who stopped off for a swift half in Eccleshall

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

OUT IN FORCE ... Reader Gav Campbell captured this shot of police on Cresswell Grove escorting football fans back onto their coach.

OUT IN FORCE ... Reader Gav Campbell captured this shot of police on Cresswell Grove escorting football fans back onto their coach.

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POLICE were out in force in Eccleshall on Saturday to ensure a coach-load of football fans behaved themselves when they stopped off in the village en-route to Stoke’s Britannia Stadium.

CI Carl Ratcliffe, match commander on Saturday told the Newsletter: "Patrols engaged on the game came across a coach containing West Brom supporters as it left J14 of the M6 enroute to a licensed premise in Eccleshall.

"As match commander I took the decision that whilst those football supporters were in Eccleshall there would be a police presence,” he said. “At 1pm the supporters were escorted to the Britannia Stadium ahead of the game.

"The police presence reassured the local community and no problems were encountered."

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