Big police operation to prevent Yorkshire derby trouble

A BIG police operation is to be put into operation tomorrow night to make sure there is no trouble between rival football fans.

Police aim to minimise disruption in the town as Rotherham United meet Leeds United at the New York Stadium, kicking off at 7.45pm.

There will be a big police presence comprising several hundred officers in Rotherham town centre, as well as in nearby Sheffield city centre.

There will also be police officers at Leeds railway station.

Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth said: “I want to reassure the public in Rotherham and Sheffield that we will not tolerate any level of disorder or violence within South Yorkshire.

“We have jointly planned a large and robust operation for this match with West Yorkshire Police and British Transport Police and we will be able to provide a prompt and effective police response to any issues or concerns.

“We will not accept or stand for anyone intent on causing trouble or inciting violence.”

Ch Insp Butterworth added: “The match is completely sold out and there are very few pubs actually showing the event in Rotherham or Sheffield.

“I would strongly advise people without tickets to not travel into the town and consider making other arrangements to watch the game.

“I will ensure that we provide a safe and welcoming environment for fans who just want to attend and enjoy the game and endeavour that there is as little disruption as possible for people conducting their daily business in the town.”