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Two Grimsby fans arrested ahead of last night's match with York


5:44pm 12th January 2011

Police say a successful operation kept trouble to a minimum during last night's match between York City and Grimsby Town.

Grimsby currently have more fans serving banning orders than any other club in the Blue Square Premier League and there has been disorder at a number of their games this season.

However, York police were well prepared for any potential disturbances and as a result of some good partnership work with Humberside Police, officers ensured that the game passed by without any major incidents.

Working together, officers from both forces were able to identify any potential troublemakers and therefore put a stop to any potential trouble.

Two Grimsby fans, an 18 year old man and a 17 year old man were arrested on Burton Stone Lane prior to the match and another Grimsby supporter was ejected from the ground for public order offences.

There were no further arrests either, before, during or after the game and police were pleased with the overall operation.

Superintendent Aubrey Smith, Head of Specialist Operations for North Yorkshire Police, said:

"We were aware that there may be some potential for trouble at the game, however we were well prepared and the policing operation was very successful.

"We worked closely with our colleagues from Humberside to spot known troublemakers and as a result we managed to stay one step ahead.

"Our aim was to ensure that genuine supporters could enjoy the game without disruption from the minority of people who use football as an excuse to cause trouble.

"Thankfully we achieved what we set out to do and there were very few problems before, during and after the game."

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