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League Two round-up: Port Vale top after 3-2 win at Dagenham and Redbridge

League Two round-up: Port Vale hit summit after 3-2 win over the Daggers

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20:16 GMT, 29 December 2012

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20:16 GMT, 29 December 2012

Port Vale won 3-2 at Dagenham & Redbridge to move to the top of npower League Two.

With Gillingham's fixture against Northampton falling foul of the weather, Vale took full advantage thanks to goals from Tom Pope, Jennison Myrie-Williams and Louis Dodds. A Sam Williams penalty and Scott Doe found the net for the hosts.

Southend missed out on the chance to move into the top three as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Burton.

Top dogs: Tom Pope celebrates scoring the opening goal for Port Vale

Top dogs: Tom Pope celebrates scoring the opening goal for Port Vale

Goals from Calvin Zola and Lee Bell gave Albion, who had Nathan Stanton sent off, a win which moves them into the play-off spots.

Oxford United claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over bottom side Wimbledon thanks to goals from Sean Rigg, Alfie Potter and Tom Craddock, although they also had James Constable sent off late on.

Rochdale claimed a 4-2 win at Bradford with all the goals coming in the first half.

Terry Gornell put Dale ahead but Alan Connell struck from the spot to equalise.

Missed out: Southend could've moved into the top three but they lost at Burton

Missed out: Southend could've moved into the top three but they lost at Burton

Andrew Tutte put the visitors back ahead and Ashley Grimes extended their advantage, before Connell's second penalty made it 3-2. But Gornell netted his second to complete the scoring.

Conor Townsend scored his first goal for Chesterfield but was later sent off in their 1-1 draw with Morecambe.

Christopher McCready put Morecambe ahead but Townsend levelled before being dismissed for using his elbow.

Andy Iro struck in the eighth minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for Barnet as they drew 2-2 at Exeter in Edgar Davids' first game in sole charge.

Gaffer: Barnet drew 2-2 in Edgar Davids's first game in sole charge

Gaffer: Barnet drew 2-2 in Edgar Davids's first game in sole charge

Danny Coles and Scot Bennett looked to have set Exeter on their way to the three points, but Jonathan Nurse pulled one back before Iro's dramatic leveller.

Matt McClure got the only goal as Wycombe won 1-0 at Plymouth, while Fleetwood and York played out a goalless draw.

Rotherham beat Accrington 4-1 thanks to a brace from substitute Daniel Nardiello.

Tom Eckersley's own goal put the Millers a goal to the good, only for Craig Lindfield to level.

But Nardiello's double and a Michael O'Connor strike sealed Rotherham's victory,

The fixtures between Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers and Aldershot and Torquay were also postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

League Two round-up: Port Vale close in on leaders Gillingham

League Two round-up: Port Vale close in on leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

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19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

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20:15 GMT, 26 December 2012

Port Vale closed the gap on npower League Two leaders Gillingham to two points after triumphing 2-1 at Rotherham.

Vale took the lead when Ryan Burge's pass fell to Louis Dodds to prod home and soon after Tom Pope added a second, before home substitute Kieran Agard was on target to set up an anxious finish.

Gillingham saw their lead trimmed after losing 1-0 at home to Barnet with Jake Hyde's first-half strike settling the contest at Priestfield Stadium.

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

RESULTS:

Aldershot 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Bradford 2-1 Accrington

Burton Albion 3-2 Rochdale

Cheltenham 4-0 Wycombe

Chesterfield 3-0 York

Dag & Red 0-3 Southend

Exeter 1-3 Oxford Utd

Fleetwood 1-0 Morecambe

Gillingham 0-1 Barnet

Plymouth 1-1 Torquay

Rotherham 1-2 Port Vale

Wimbledon P-P Northampton (waterlogged pitch)

Cheltenham bounced back from their surprise 4-1 defeat at Rochdale with a 4-0 drubbing of Wycombe.

Goals from Jake Taylor, Jeff Goulding, Darryl Duffy and Jermaine McGlashan kept the Robins in third place.

Promotion-chasing Southend extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a brace from Gavin Tomlin helping them beat his former club Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0 with Kevan Hurst hitting the third.

Bradford remain just adrift of a top-four berth after defeating Accrington Stanley 2-1 thanks to goals from Garry Thompson and Alan Connell that sandwiched a strike by Rommy Boco.

Oxford made it five games unbeaten with an impressive 3-1 victory at promotion-chasing Exeter.

James Constable took his tally for the season to nine with goals either side of half-time and Peter Leven added the third before Jamie Cureton bagged from the penalty spot for the Grecians.

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Three second-half goals from Drew Talbot, Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa gave Chesterfield a convincing 3-0 win over York, John Ward earned a point on his managerial return to Bristol Rovers after the Pirates left it late to earn a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Aldershot, with Eliot Richards climbing off the bench to snatch a point.

Michael Hector's stunning strike put the home side ahead, David Clarkson and Craig Reid then exchanged successful spot-kicks, only for Richards to drive home the leveller with three minutes to spare.

Teenage debutant Tyler Harvey smashed home a dramatic late equaliser for Plymouth as they drew 1-1 with Devon rivals Torquay at Home Park.

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

The 17-year-old youth product equalised with a superb left-foot shot on the spin from the edge of the box after Aaron Downes had given Torquay the lead.

Burton surrendered a two-goal lead against Rochdale but still managed to pick up a 3-2 victory.

Goals from Billy Kee and Calvin Zola put the Brewers in charge, but Peter Cavanagh and Bobby Grant levelled the score before Kee hit the winner.
Striker David Ball's sixth goal of the season handed Graham Alexander his first victory as Fleetwood boss as they beat Morecambe 1-0.

Port Vale close in on League Two leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

League Two round-up: Port Vale close in on leaders Gillingham after win at Rotherham

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19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

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UPDATED:

19:52 GMT, 26 December 2012

Port Vale closed the gap on npower League Two leaders Gillingham to two points after triumphing 2-1 at Rotherham.

Vale took the lead when Ryan Burge's pass fell to Louis Dodds to prod home and soon after Tom Pope added a second, before home substitute Kieran Agard was on target to set up an anxious finish.

Gillingham saw their lead trimmed after losing 1-0 at home to Barnet with Jake Hyde's first-half strike settling the contest at Priestfield Stadium.

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

Slip up: Leaders Gillingham lost 1-0 to Barnet at Priestfield

RESULTS:

Aldershot 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Bradford 2-1 Accrington

Burton Albion 3-2 Rochdale

Cheltenham 4-0 Wycombe

Chesterfield 3-0 York

Dag & Red 0-3 Southend

Exeter 1-3 Oxford Utd

Fleetwood 1-0 Morecambe

Gillingham 0-1 Barnet

Plymouth 1-1 Torquay

Rotherham 1-2 Port Vale

Wimbledon P-P Northampton (waterlogged pitch)

Cheltenham bounced back from their surprise 4-1 defeat at Rochdale with a 4-0 drubbing of Wycombe.

Goals from Jake Taylor, Jeff Goulding, Darryl Duffy and Jermaine McGlashan kept the Robins in third place.

Promotion-chasing Southend extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a brace from Gavin Tomlin helping them beat his former club Dagenham and Redbridge 3-0 with Kevan Hurst hitting the third.

Bradford remain just adrift of a top-four berth after defeating Accrington Stanley 2-1 thanks to goals from Garry Thompson and Alan Connell that sandwiched a strike by Rommy Boco.

Oxford made it five games unbeaten with an impressive 3-1 victory at promotion-chasing Exeter.

James Constable took his tally for the season to nine with goals either side of half-time and Peter Leven added the third before Jamie Cureton bagged from the penalty spot for the Grecians.

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Promotion chasers: Southend won 3-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games

Three second-half goals from Drew Talbot, Danny Whitaker and Tendayi Darikwa gave Chesterfield a convincing 3-0 win over York, John Ward earned a point on his managerial return to Bristol Rovers after the Pirates left it late to earn a 2-2 draw at fellow strugglers Aldershot, with Eliot Richards climbing off the bench to snatch a point.

Michael Hector's stunning strike put the home side ahead, David Clarkson and Craig Reid then exchanged successful spot-kicks, only for Richards to drive home the leveller with three minutes to spare.

Teenage debutant Tyler Harvey smashed home a dramatic late equaliser for Plymouth as they drew 1-1 with Devon rivals Torquay at Home Park.

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

All square: Devon rivals Plymouth and Torquay drew 1-1 at Home Park

The 17-year-old youth product equalised with a superb left-foot shot on the spin from the edge of the box after Aaron Downes had given Torquay the lead.

Burton surrendered a two-goal lead against Rochdale but still managed to pick up a 3-2 victory.

Goals from Billy Kee and Calvin Zola put the Brewers in charge, but Peter Cavanagh and Bobby Grant levelled the score before Kee hit the winner.
Striker David Ball's sixth goal of the season handed Graham Alexander his first victory as Fleetwood boss as they beat Morecambe 1-0.

Sir Norman Bettison "resigned before being dismissed after attempting to influence Hillsborough talks"

Hillsborough police chief 'quit before being dismissed after trying to influence talks over role in disaster'

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16:19 GMT, 8 November 2012

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

Resigned: Sir Norman Bettison resigned after allegedly trying to influence talks over his part in the Hillsborough scandal

One of Britain's most senior police officers, Sir Norman Bettison, resigned after learning he faced a possible dismissal having attempted to influence talks about the role he played in the Hillsborough scandal, documents have revealed.

Sir Norman contacted the chief executive of West Yorkshire Police Fraser Sampson before a meeting at which officials made the decision to refer him to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for alleged misconduct after the Hillsborough Panel’s damning report, according to minutes of the West Yorkshire Police Authority..

The conversation with Sampson would be enough to warrant Sir Norman’s sacking if it was proved he obstructed the ‘integrity of the complaints handling process’, the minutes indicate.

The IPCC had already announced that they were investigating a number of police officers involved in the 1989 disaster.

Sir Norman, who was the chief constable of the West Yorkshire Police until his resignation this month, is included in that list.

The former police chief was accused in the Hillsborough Panel’s report of being one of the main perpetrators in attempting to deflect blame from the police and emergency services to fans at the game.

Last month, the IPCC also announced that it was investigating claims that Sir Norman tried to influence the decision-making process of the police authority’s committee which were investigating the disciplinary matters against its senior officers, according to The Independent.

In the previously unseen minutes obtained by the PoliceOracle.com website via a freedom of information request, it was revealed that Sir Norman was not being accused of attempting to prevent the referral to the IPCC, but how that referral would be made.

According to the minutes, Sampson was asked to give the details of the conversation to the committee deciding Sir Norman’s fate on September 15.

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

Tragedy: 96 people died during the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest

On October 3 – at a private meeting – the minutes indicated that the conversation between Sir Norman and Sampson could result in ‘gross misconduct’ and dismissal if proved true.

When the committee was set to meet again three weeks later, on October 24, Sir Norman, who had led West Yorkshire Police since 2006, resigned, and it is believed he may have been suspended.

Labour MP Maria Eagle has already accused Sir Norman of being part of a ‘black ops’ unit set up to deflect blame from the police in the disaster which left 96 dead.

She also claimed that Sir Norman 'boasted' about cooking up lies to blame Liverpool fans for their part in the disaster.

Sir Norman denies these allegations.

But pressure had been mounting on Sir Norman following the initial publication of the independent panel’s report.

The damning report condemned the police’s response to the incident and their tampering with accounts subsequently.

Sir Norman, who said he had no plans to step down as chief constable in March 2013, said he left ‘not because of any allegations about the past, but because I share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West Yorkshire now and in the future.’

His resignation means he will not face any misconduct charges, and Sir Norman has said he would cooperate fully with the IPCC inquiry.

Bettison was unavailable for comment on Wednesday evening.

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

Chaos: The Hillsborough Panel's report condemned the police's handling of the incident both during and after

Manchester United youngster Ryan Tunnicliffe banned for 18 MONTHS over drink-driving

Don't let Fergie see you smiling… drink-driving Tunnicliffe beams outside court after being banned for 18 MONTHS

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12:41 GMT, 25 October 2012

Manchester United starlet Ryan Tunnicliffe has been banned from driving for 18 months for drink-driving.

The 19-year-old crashed his 60,000 Range Rover on October 13 and was later charged with driving with excess alcohol.

He appeared at Bury Magistrates Court on Thursday morning and was banned, as well as being hit with an 800 fine.

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court

Ban: Ryan Tunnicliffe smiled as he arrived at Bury Magistrates Court for his hearing

The 19-year-old crashed his luxury Range Rover into a parked van after he drank 'a lot' of alcohol the night before with his family.

The unattended Ford Transit van in Heywood, Greater Manchester, was shunted five metres (16.4ft) into the stone wall of a house in the incident.

No one was hurt in the collision apart from Tunnicliffe's front seat passenger, a friend, who received minor injuries.

Aside from the damage to the van and the house involved, his Range Rover was written off at a cost of 30,000.

The footballer phoned the police from the scene in Green Lane shortly after 2.15pm on October 13 and officers attended.

A police constable noticed his breath smelt of alcohol.

He provided a positive breath test at the scene and then gave a reading of 62mg/100ml, the legal limit being 35mg, at Bury police station.

Tunnicliffe, of Heywood, pleaded guilty to the offence on his first appearance over the matter at Bury Magistrates' Court.

The court heard both his family and club were 'very disappointed' about the incident.

Damage: This picture shows Tunnicliffe's smashed-up Range Rover

Damage: This picture shows Tunnicliffe's smashed-up Range Rover

His ban is likely to be reduced by
four months after Tunnicliffe indicated he would be interested in
attending a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

He was fined 800 and ordered to pay 85 prosecution costs and an 80 victim surcharge.
Tunnicliffe was told to take his hands out of his pockets before the hearing started.

Caroline Patrick, prosecuting, said
his vehicle left the road and went on to a footpath before hitting the
van which was knocked into the wall and the wooden garden gates of a
house.

Chris Proctor, defending, said: 'My
instructions are that he had consumed alcohol the evening before and
unfortunately, in an error of judgment on his part, he thought he would
be below the legal limit and he was able to drive.

'Generally he is a very sensible
young man. He is a professional footballer and this incident happened in
an international break in the calendar.

'He had some drinks with his family. He generally does not tend to drink alcohol because of his footballing commitments.'

Tunnicliffe had gone to collect a
vehicle he had recently bought before the incident at a notorious
accident blackspot, the solicitor said.

Mr Proctor added this was not a situation in which his client drank alcohol and then immediately got behind the wheel.

A number of letters of character reference were handed to the presiding magistrate, District Judge Richardson.

Mr Proctor said: 'The third parties in this case, his family and club, are very disappointed at what has happened.'

On his way: Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut against Newcastle - to win his dad 10,000

On his way: Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut against Newcastle – to win his dad 10,000

The judge told Tunnicliffe: 'I appreciate what is said on your behalf that you did not drink in daylight hours on that day.

'What was reflected is what you drank the night before, which must have been a lot.

'I think you are genuinely contrite
about that and I am going to give you full credit for your guilty plea
and that you had the courage to phone the police yourself.

'There is also nothing like this in your background.

'You are a well-paid athlete and the fine reflects that. It is a reflection of your income.'

It was not stated in court whether the Range Rover was the car he had left home to pick up.

Tunnicliffe hit the headlines recently when he made his debut for United – and made his father 10,000 richer in the process.

Mick Tunnicliffe placed a 100 bet when
his son was nine that he would one day play for United (at odds of
100-1) – and his moment came when Marnick Vermijl was replaced during
the 2-1 win over Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.

And
there could be worse to come for bookmakers William Hill, who revealed
they also took another bet from Tunnicliffe's dad of 100 at odds of
350/1 that the young midfielder will one day play for England at some
stage in his career.

The wager could net Tunnicliffe Snr a whopping 35,000 payout.

'The
last time a bet of this nature cost us 10,000 was when Chris Kirkland
made his debut in goal for England, also landing a 100 bet for his
father,' said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'We will obviously be paying close attention to the progress of Ryan’s career in the future.'

Tunnicliffe, who spent last season under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson's son, Darren, on loan at Peterborough United, was one of a number of youngsters blooded last month.

Winger Robbie Brady and defenders Scott Wootton and Michael Keane were also given run-outs by Ferguson at Old Trafford as United cruised through to a tricky fourth round meeting with Chelsea.

Leeds win High Court action over police payment dispute

Leeds 1 West Yorkshire Police 0: Whites win legal case after costs dispute with force

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12:05 GMT, 24 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Leeds United have won their High Court action over who should pay for policing of matches at their Elland Road stadium.

The Championship side asked for a decision on which of the services deployed by West Yorkshire Police for the last three seasons were special police services, and whether it was entitled to be repaid for services wrongly categorised.

The litigation involved policing in the extended footprint of land around the stadium which is not owned or leased by the club – who claimed this fell within the scope of a constable’s normal common law obligations to maintain public order.

On patrol: Police outside Elland Road

On patrol: Police outside Elland Road

Mr Justice Eady, in London, said those services could not be classified as special police services and the club, whose home matches have one of the worst records of football-related violence in the country, should be repaid.

He concluded that the services rendered fell within the normal constabulary duty to keep the peace.

'More generally, it seems wrong to discount the majority of well-behaved fans who come to Elland Road, whether club supporters or visitors, all of whom retain their status as members of the public. In that capacity, they too are entitled to expect police protection.

'In any event, I consider that there would be insuperable difficulties in seeking to sub-divide people, in public highways and other spaces, when trying to assess to whose benefit such duties were carried out.

'They are intended to keep the Queen’s peace in the interests of the general public.'

Lawyers for West Yorkshire Police said the policing provided in the extended footprint was exclusively – or nearly exclusively – for the protection of those attending Leeds United’s matches and the benefit of the club, and not for the safety of the public at large.

Horse patrol: Police on horseback outside Elland Road

Horse patrol: Police on horseback outside Elland Road

They argued that the club’s claim was wrong in law, offended logic and was not supportable on the facts.

In his ruling, the judge said there was no single drain on West Yorkshire Police’s diminishing resources greater than that of policing the club’s matches and it was hardly surprising that it wished to recover as much as it reasonably could.

'During the season, home matches take place generally once a fortnight. One can only admire the stoicism of such officers who are required to carry out these stressful duties, not because of some genuine emergency, but simply as a matter of routine.'

He said he appreciated that his decision was unfortunate not only for West Yorkshire Police but also for the public purse.

If the Government should wish to extend the scope of special police services in such circumstances so as to ensure recoupment of police costs, legislation would be required.

He did not accept that his ruling would have the profound effect that police officers would not be able to charge for services rendered for cycle races on public roads or by escorting articulated lorries.

'The situations are not comparable. Police officers performing such duties are not there, normally, for the purpose of preventing public disorder or crimes of violence.'

Euro 2012: British police worried foreign England fans will cause trouble after France game

British police fearful foreign fans in England shirts will cause trouble in Donetsk

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13:46 GMT, 11 June 2012

The head of the uniformed British police squad travelling with England fans at Euro 2012 has said their main concern is innocent supporters being accused of trouble caused by foreigners wearing England kits.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt told said these fans wearing England shirts made their jobs more difficult ahead of England's opener with France.

High spirits: Andy Holt hopes England fans will not get caught up in any trouble

High spirits: Andy Holt hopes England fans will not get caught up in any trouble

One reason is the worldwide popularity of the English Premier League has created a generation of fans who support top English clubs as well as their own local teams.

Many people from neighbouring Russia are expected in Ukraine to cheer on England over the next two weeks.

'We have seen quite a lot of Russians with England shirts on – that's great if they are supporting England of course,' Holt said.

Cheering: England fans will cheer on their team on Monday

England fans are ready to cheer on their team, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Start: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will start on the wing

'But if there is some disorder and it appears they are wearing an England shirt, I want my officers to go in there and establish what we're dealing with so we've got it first hand.

Euro 2012

'So we know whether it's an English fan and we have a problem or whether actually it's somebody from another nation who supports another team who just happens to have an England shirt on.'

Holt said that there was usually very little problem with England fans nowadays.

'We have worked very hard to make sure that England fans are policed appropriately and if England fans do engage in disorder that we know about it and are able to deal with that.' he said.

Reassuring: Andy Holt's team are travelling with fans in Ukraine

Reassuring: Andy Holt's team are travelling with fans in Ukraine

'But what I don't want is to have England fans mislabelled, and misidentified because it's some other nationality wearing England shirts.

'So you can imagine we will be very careful to ensure that if there is any problems, we identify the provenance of who we are dealing with.'

Around 5,000 England fans are expected to attend England's three group stage matches against France and Ukraine in Donetsk and Sweden in Kiev and they are being marshalled by uniformed British officers, who, Holt says, have built up a very good working relationship with them.

Proud: England fans are hoping to get off to a winning start

Proud: England fans are hoping to get off to a winning start

Twelve police officers are in Donetsk for Monday's match with four others working as spotters in Poland and generally the relationship between fans and police is cordial.

Holt realises this is a stark contrast from the days when England supporters were responsible for widespread hooliganism across Europe.

'Perhaps 20 years ago the fans who caused problems were very wary of the police, because they knew we were gathering evidence on them, going back to the UK, and getting football banning orders on them,' Holt said.

'Now we get a warm and cordial welcome from our fans abroad, they see us as a reassuring presence.

'Fans must be judged on their behaviour today and not the old reputation of the past.'

Policing costs set to rise for football clubs as disorder happens away from the grounds

Policing costs could to rise for football clubs as officers needed beyond stadiums

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09:03 GMT, 10 April 2012

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09:03 GMT, 10 April 2012

Football clubs could face a rise in policing costs after fresh claims that matches can spark disorder and crime far beyond stadiums and surrounding streets.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) say research commissioned by them concluded that trouble on match days could be attributed to football.

Assistant chief constable Andy Holt, who leads ACPO on football policing, told BBC Radio Five Live: 'My personal view is that the clubs should bear a greater burden of the costs for the overall policing of football.'

On the rise: More officers are required to police away from stadiums on matchdays

On the rise: More officers are required to police away from stadiums on matchdays

Presently, clubs are responsible for the costs of policing in and around stadiums, and any further demands could lead to conflict with the football authorities.

ACPO have yet to publish the research but Holt defended the move to investigate the situation, saying: 'This research is about enabling us to have an informed discussion with football clubs to determine the most fair and equitable way of policing football.

'We have a very productive working relationship with the football clubs and I want that to continue.

'But it is still the case that on occasion we have violence and disorder in town centres and transport interchanges that are associated with rival football fans, that causes a problem to local communities and is a drain on police resources.

'I think it's right and proper that we understand the extent of that problem which is why we commissioned this research, and we use the results of the research to inform our discussions with the clubs.'

He added: 'We were always challenged when we said that football contributed to an increase in crime and disorder on match days, and hard-headed businessmen in the Premier League and the Football League quite rightly said, 'What evidence do you have of that'

'Most senior football commanders would say, 'I know there to be an increase in crime and disorder', but they didn't have the empirical evidence to prove it.'

The research was conducted by a team from University College London, led by Professional Nick Tilley.

Holt said: 'I'm quite comfortable that that research will stand scrutiny as entirely correct and it shows that on a match day there is an increase in crime and disorder associated with football in a wider area than just the footprint.

Paying the price: Football clubs should pay for extra police costs, claim officials

Paying the price: Football clubs should pay for extra police costs, claim officials

'There are some clubs that cause very few problems to police forces up and down country. Other clubs, that is not the case.

'You have to have a negotiation with individual clubs that will come up with an appropriate response.

'I can't sit here and say you're going to have the same costing and charging regime across the piece.

'The ACPO policy remains extant. We have an agreement that stemmed from a judgement which involved Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Football Club. We stand by that, but in future discussions we will be making reference to the research that we've commissioned.'

In December 2008, Wigan won their court battle over a 300,000 policing bill, complaining that Greater Manchester Police overcharged them for covering match days at the JJB Stadium.

By a 2-1 majority, appeal judges ruled that the club had been charged for special police services which they had not requested.

The court heard that Wigan used to be charged for special policing services they requested inside the stadium. But then the police also demanded payment for the area surrounding the stadium.

Hillsborough disaster blamed on "drunken Liverpool fans", Margaret Thatcher was told

Thatcher told tragic Hillsborough disaster caused by 'drunken Liverpool fans'

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15:53 GMT, 15 March 2012

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was told that a senior Merseyside Police officer blamed 'drunken Liverpool fans' for the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster, according to leaked government papers.

The documents show that four days after the tragedy, a member of Mrs Thatcher's No 10 policy unit met senior Merseyside officers who told her large numbers of Liverpool fans turning up without tickets had been a 'key factor' in what happened.

Dark day: Leaked reports have revealed that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was told by police that Hillsborough disaster was caused by 'drunken Liverpool fans'

Dark day: Leaked reports have revealed that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was told by police that Hillsborough disaster was caused by 'drunken Liverpool fans'

Ninety-six fans died following a crush on the overcrowded terraces at the stadium in Sheffield where Liverpool were due to play an FA Cup semi-final match in April 1989.

There was deep anger in the city after South Yorkshire Police, who were responsible for policing the game, blamed Liverpool fans who turned up drunk, late, and without tickets, for what happened.

However the papers, obtained by BBC Radio 4's The World at One suggest that view was shared by their colleagues on Merseyside itself.

They include a note addressed to Mrs Thatcher dated April 20 1989 headed 'Merseyside Police views on Hillsborough' and marked 'Confidential'.

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool supporters died during the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool supporters died during the Hillsborough stadium disaster in 1989

It contains an account of what was said to be a long-planned meeting between the No 10 adviser and the then Merseyside chief constable Sir Kenneth Oxford and other senior officers from the force.

According to the note, Sir Kenneth said: 'A key factor in causing the disaster was the fact that large numbers of Liverpool fans had turned up without tickets.

'This was getting lost sight of in attempts to blame the police, the football authorities, etc.'

Another officer – who was not named – was said to have directly blamed the supporters.

Report: The police officer was also uneasy about the way fans were turning Anfield into a 'shrine', according to the document submitted to Thatcher

Report: The police officer was also uneasy about the way fans were turning Anfield into a 'shrine', according to the document submitted to Thatcher

'One officer, born and bred in Liverpool, said that he was deeply ashamed to say that it was drunken Liverpool fans who had caused this disaster, just as they had caused the deaths at Heysel,' the note said.

Thirty-nine people had died at the Heysel stadium in Belgium when rioting Liverpool supporters charged Juventus fans before the 1985 European Cup final.

Sir Kenneth, who died in 1998, was also said to have expressed concern at the way Liverpool's Anfield ground had been turned into a 'shrine' by grieving fans.

'He deplored the press's morbid concentration on pictures of bodies. He was also uneasy about the way in which Anfield was being turned into a shrine,' the note said.

Rangers dismiss fears over Ibrox policing

Rangers dismiss fears over Ibrox policing as they vow to honour all home games

Rangers' administrators have reassured fans they will fulfil their home fixtures after some doubts were raised over the payment of policing bills.

Strathclyde Police Chief Constable Stephen House was quoted as saying they would not police more matches at Ibrox unless the bill for the previous game was paid.

However, administrators Duff and Phelps and the force stated there was no immediate risk to upcoming matches at the Govan stadium.

No fear: Rangers have vowed to honour all their home games at Ibrox

No fear: Rangers have vowed to honour all their home games at Ibrox

In a statement on the club's official website, joint administrator David Whitehouse said: 'We have had a number of constructive and positive meetings with Strathclyde Police and we can assure fans that matches will continue to be played at Ibrox.

'Agreements have been reached regarding
policing games at Ibrox and payment arrangements have been put in place.
We would like to thank Strathclyde Police for its continued assistance
and co-operation.

'Matches will be played at Ibrox for the rest of the season so we urge all fans to keep coming along and continue their tremendous support for the club at this difficult time.'

Strathclyde Police also see no threat to Rangers' upcoming Clydesdale Bank Premier League games – they host Hearts on March 3 and Celtic on March 25.

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A statement read: 'There has been some reporting today in the press indicating that the policing of future matches at Ibrox is in jeopardy.

'At the meeting of Strathclyde Police Authority yesterday, the chief constable did confirm that we are working on a match-by-match basis.

'However, he also said that we have an excellent relationship with the administrators, and we currently do not foresee any problems policing future matches at Ibrox.'