Mackem-Mags History Has Police On Their Guard!

Last updated : 27 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
But a fan group has labelled policing at derby matches as "heavy handed".

The newly-formed North East Division of the Football Supporters' Federation claims the police approach makes violence more likely.

Angry scenes erupted after Newcastle's 2-0 win over Sunderland in April, with six people arrested amid violent scenes ... but that was child's play to what many of us older supporters have seen over the years.

However, Thom Bradley, chairman of the federation, said: "There are a number of issues around the policing, particularly of derby matches.

"That's not having a pop at police, we are hoping to work with them so we get it right."

Chief Inspector Bruce Story, of Northumbria Police's Football Unit, said: "We work closely with local clubs, British Transport Police and fan groups to ensure a safe environment for the members of the public who go to watch matches."