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Police prepare for ‘pyros’ at Devon football derby

Devon and Cornwall Police are set to welcome a sell-out crowd to Home Park when Plymouth Argle take on Exeter City FC on Monday 31st October.

The match is all-ticket and has been selected by Sky Sports for broadcast; the match kicks off at 8 p.m.

Chief Inspector Julian Pezzani said: “Our role on a match day is quite simple, which is to enable fans to attend a football match peacefully and return home safely.

“As a unit, we have experience overseeing major sporting events. The game is an all-ticket affair and is a sell-out, with over 16,000 in attendance and we have worked closely with Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City in the build-up to ensure a smooth evening.

“The vast majority of those in attendance will be fans who simply want to enjoy a good game. This means there will be a heavy police presence in Plymouth throughout the day and anyone intent on causing a disturbance will be dealt with swiftly and firmly.

Local officers will be supported on match day by the Avon and Somerset Mounted Section, the Alliance Drone Unit and colleagues from British Transport Police.

Ch Insp Pezzani added: “Since crowds have been able to return to stadiums, we have seen an increase nationally in the number of pyrotechnics such as flares used in and around football pitches.

“Not only is it dangerous for spectators and offending clubs will be fined by the FA, but possessing a smoke bomb or flare is a crime in itself.

“If you are in possession en route or attempt to enter Home Park with one, they will be confiscated, you will be refused entry to the match and you risk arrest. Full and thorough searches will be carried out at the stadium, so please do not carry these items with you.’

Plymouth Argyle Ground Manager Christian Kent said: “Tickets are sold out for this fixture, thank you to the fans for their great support of the team.

“We are also grateful for the support of Devon and Cornwall Police who share our desire to keep the focus of the evening on the pitch. Plymouth Argyle is a family club and we have a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour.”

A spokesman for Exeter City Football Club said: “Monday’s game is something our fans have been looking forward to since the fixtures were released; we hope that they will show their pride and passion for our club in the right way and in their match performances. live on national television, it’s a great opportunity for them to show their fantastic support.

“We urge all Exeter City fans to travel on official buses and those traveling by train to be considerate of fellow passengers. We would also like to thank Devon and Cornwall Police and Plymouth Argyle for the extensive work done in planning this match.” “

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