Police issue away-day warning to drunk East Lancashire football fans (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Police issue away-day warning to drunk East Lancashire football fans
OFFICERS are taking a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to drunk football fans travelling to away matches on coaches.
It comes as Lancashire Police discovered two ‘intoxicated’ teenage Blackburn Rovers fans on their way to the Doncaster/Rovers game on Friday.
The operation, in partnership with South York-shire Police, was put in place to ensure coach operators did not allow passengers to carry alcohol with them.
They inspected seven coaches and found a drunk 17-year-old boy, who had to be treated by St John’s Ambulance.
He was not allowed to carry on to the match.
Another 15-year-old boy was found on a separate coach after being brought to police attention by the coach organisers.
He had drunk half-a- bottle of vodka before travelling, and also needed medical attention.
No alcohol was found on any of the coaches.
The coach operators will be spoken to by police.
Blackburn licensing sergeant Jason Middleton said: “We were pleased that our recent coach inspections found that, generally, fans are complying with the rules around not taking alcohol on coaches, and not getting drunk.
“Last season we saw twice as many incidents of disorder as a direct result of fans drinking too much alcohol.
“While this isn’t about telling fans they can’t have a drink and enjoy themselves, we are saying don’t take alcohol on coaches, and to those who do plan to drink, do it sensibly so you can actually get to watch the match, and so that matches can pass off safely without any incident.
“If you are found with alcohol on a coach, it will be confiscated from you, and the chances are that you won’t get to see the match and you could be arrested.
“I would like to remind all coach operators and drivers of their responsibilities in terms of ensuring they are not allowing alcohol to be carried, or consumed, in their vehicles in accordance with the Sporting Events Act.
“I would also like to remind parents of their responsibilities in not allowing their children to indulge in underage drinking at, and before, matches as this will not be tolerated.
“We will be working in partnership with other police forces across the country to ensure that both fans and coach operators comply with these simple rules.”
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