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Nine arrested during East Lancashire derby clash
POLICE confirmed nine arrests were made during the East Lancashire derby but thanked fans after the day passed off without any major incident.
The Turf Moor match between Burnley and Blackburn Rovers ended in a 1-1 draw.
Officers made nine arrests in total, but all for relatively minor offences.
Gold Commander, Superintendent Terry Woods said: “I would like to thank the supporters for being patient, especially around travel arrangements.
“Our sole aim was to ensure that everyone could enjoy the game safely and that the law-abiding, decent supporters didn’t have their day ruined by a small minority.
“Officers will remain on duty both in Blackburn and Burnley to deal with any other issues that may occur and to provide reassurance to people who work and live in the town centres.”
Two women, both 25 and from Blackburn, were arrested on suspicion of theft after they attempted to leave the ground with stolen seats.
A 27-year-old man from Burnley, a 40-year-old man from Accrington and a 52-year-old man from Nelson were arrested for using threatening words and behaviour.
A 23-year-old man from Burnley was arrested for going onto a playing area at a football match.
A 26-year-old man from Padiham was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
A 29-year-old man from Bacup was arrested for being drunk in a sports ground.
And a 27-year-old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to a seat.
All remained in police custody tonight being questioned by officers.
Rivalry was renewed as the much-anticipated match got underway at 12.15pm today.
Nerves, anticipation and excitement built all morning as fans made their way to the ground.
Coaches left Blackburn at around 10am to get fans to the ground in plenty of time and to ensure both sets of supporters were kept apart ahead of kick-off.
The away fans arrived in Burnley at around 10.45am, when coaches could be seen on Rossendale Road, and the first convoy got to the ground shortly before 11am.
Minutes later, the Rovers' players' coach arrived to a chorus of boos from home fans lining the streets around Turf Moor.
All Rovers fans were travelling on official coaches from Ewood Park or Altham GEC.
Police said they were expecting 2,500 Blackburn fans and said convoys would be arriving every 15 minutes. The third convoy had arrived by 11.30am, with the final one shortly after.
A so-called 'ring of steel' was put in place at the ground to segregate home and away supporters at the end of the game, with a section of Harry Potts Way closed to traffic ahead of kick-off.
There was a heavy police presence along the routes with officers in place along the M65, including at junction eight, waiting to escort Rovers' coaches.
At Turf Moor, dozens of Burnley fans soaked up the derby atmosphere and were in the pubs more than two hours before kick-off.
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