Matchday Policing For Wrexham v Stockport County - Sunday, 8 May
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Increased patrols will be in effect across Wrexham town centre on Sunday, 8 May as part of matchday policing arrangements.
Wrexham AFC will host Stockport County in their penultimate National League fixture, with kick-off scheduled for 12.30pm.
A sell-out crowd has been confirmed at The Racecourse, with both sides currently in excellent form.
The fixture is vital for both clubs and could potentially determine the winner of this season’s league title.
Wrexham’s bars and pubs are likely to be exceptionally busy throughout the day, and police resourcing has been escalated to ensure public safety and prevent matchday disorder.
Supt Nick Evans said: “Supporter safety is always our primary concern, particularly when the stadium is at full capacity.
“Both sides have done exceptionally well this season and this game should provide a great spectacle.
“Attending matches at The Racecourse should be an enjoyable occasion for all and our officers are there to ensure that disorder of any kind is dealt with robustly.
“Where disorder does occur we will work collaboratively with the club to identify suspects, pursuing criminal proceedings and Football Banning Orders for those involved.
“We hope that FBOs will continue to act as a strong deterrent in that respect. They are strongly prohibitive and ensure that those found guilty of football disorder are kept distanced from the game.”
North Wales Police and Wexham AFC are aligned in their views on football-related disorder and share a zero-tolerance approach.
Wrexham AFC CEO, Fleur Robinson said: “Our supporters have played a huge part in our successes on the pitch this season, and we call on everyone at the Racecourse Ground to be loud, proud and support us in the best way again.
“Our zero-tolerance stance towards unacceptable behaviour by anybody attending matches at the Racecourse Ground or away from home has been made clear all season.
"We would once again like to thank North Wales Police for their proactive support and aligned position.
“There are now more than 40 banning orders in place, and we will continue to work with our safety team and the police to ensure the Racecourse Ground is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
“These big matches are the occasions we all relish as football supporters, and we do not need a small minority to ruin the day off the pitch, either inside or outside the ground – win, lose or draw.
"Wrexham AFC are also aware of the growing trend in youth-related disorder on match-days this season, as outlined in North Wales Police's previous statement; and are working with them to identify further individuals in this group of concern.
“Please support the club, the police and our community in these goals.”
To date, there have been eight full court-issued Football Banning Orders this season for incidents at matches involving Wrexham AFC.
This is in addition to banning orders issued by the club.
A dispersal order has also been put in place for parts of Wrexham on Sunday to counter a potential increase in anti-social behaviour.
The areas covered by the order are shown on the map below and will be in effect between 7am on Sunday, 8 May to 2am on Monday, 9 May.
Insp Luke Hughes said: “The dispersal order has been implemented to help keep people safe and prevent crime and disorder.
“Officers will have additional powers to disperse people from these areas and they will ensure that anyone intent on causing disorder is dealt with swiftly and robustly.”
Road closures will be in effect in areas around the football ground shortly before full-time to allow supporters to exit the stadium safely.
The closures will be in effect on Mold Road and will restrict vehicles access toward the ground.
Motorists on Maesgwyn Road, Lilac Way, Yale Park may also find that they are filtered towards B&Q roundabout or held whilst officers deal with any crowds that form in the immediate area.