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Only five Royals games to be policed

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August 03, 2009



Fewer Reading Football Club games will be policed next season, Reading's top officer has confirmed.

Just five out of 23 matches will be policed in 2009/2010, seven fewer than last season.

Superintendent Steve Kirk said this decision was made based on current intelligence rather than the reputation of the visiting club.

Supt Kirk added: "The matches are events stewarded by the football club.

"The stewards do an excellent job at Reading which from our point of view is key because the more the club does the less the police has to.

"Every club has an intelligence officer attached to it and they work together to create a risk assessment for each fixture."

It is the Royals, not the taxpayer, which pays for policing at Madejski Stadium.

During 2007 and 2008's season - when Reading FC were in the Premiership - just 13 Royals fans were arrested at matches.

Only one of these arrests was for violence.

The others were arrested on public order offences which can include rowdiness and general bad behaviour.

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driftwood

Re: Only five Royals games to be policed

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How times change.............when I went to watch Reading at good old Elm Park there was always a Police presence. :-)
Les

Re: Only five Royals games to be policed

Post by Les »

driftwood wrote:How times change.............when I went to watch Reading at good old Elm Park there was always a Police presence. :-)
Well, if you were going to the matches Drifters, then I am not surprised.

Anyway, it was a bit of a perk for the Bobbies wasn't it, getting to watch the match for free?
driftwood

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Les wrote:
driftwood wrote:How times change.............when I went to watch Reading at good old Elm Park there was always a Police presence. :-)
Well, if you were going to the matches Drifters, then I am not surprised.

Anyway, it was a bit of a perk for the Bobbies wasn't it, getting to watch the match for free?

ah, so you'ver heard about mouth almighty :yell: at Elm Park Les :LOL5: (didn't need the mouthpiece as I had good 'voice projection!)

Early 70's we stood behind the goal at the Town End. Nothing could be better than to stand on the terraces in scorching sunshine, watching Reading play football (they did on occasions......other times I reported them to Trading Standards).....the thud of leather meeting leather and the stench of the mens' toilets from the back of the terraces.
We had a regular Copper in those days sit down behind the goal, just on front of us. We affectionately called him Ginger Nut, because on occasions he'd remove his Police helmet to mop the sweat off his brow. He'd walk around the cinder track prior to kick off, and park his backside on a Simmonds wooden beer crate which was always there for him. He'd give us a knowing nod and even turn and smile when I shouted out anything witty! I never did know his name, but just like the well respected and talked about Jim Titcombe on here, 'Ginger Nut' was a good'un.
One day, I may just publish my book and Ginger Nut along with quite a few other Boys in Blue we knew are all mentioned in some of the chapters.....makes interesting reading too!
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