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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.

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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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