Thanks to fans after derby

Following tonight’s highly-anticipated Steel City derby at Bramall Lane, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber has thanked fans for their support throughout the policing operation.

ACC Forber said: “Overall, the behaviour of the fans from both teams attending Bramall Lane tonight was incredibly positive and there was real excitement surrounding this fixture.

“The fans that attended the match this evening did so in high spirits and I thank you all for your patience while we managed the dispersal of over 30,000 people out of Bramall Lane into the city centre and beyond.

“We are aware that some away fans were frustrated by the failure of some turnstiles at Bramall Lane. We’d like to thank fans for their patience while the club got fans into the ground.

“It is testament to your positive attitudes and excellent behaviour that there were very few arrests this evening – only a handful of individuals were arrested by officers for a range of offences.

“Before the game, there was some minor disorder on Bramall Lane that did result in three fans being arrested. Another three have been arrested over the course of the operation.

“Several stewards and one fan were injured before the match – this is the kind of behaviour by the minority that has no place at a sporting event. Tonight saw the city come together to cheer on their teams, despite the awful weather, and this positivity and celebration is exactly what we want to see in South Yorkshire.

“Thank you all for your support of our officers, and those officers that travelled to support SYP. We hope that you enjoyed yourselves this evening.”