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Football Related Arrests Increase 4%

Wed 9th Oct 2013 | Safety & Security

The number of football related arrests increased during the 2012-13 season according to the latest figures released by the Home Office today.

During 2012-13 season the number arrests in connection with all international and domestic football (“regulated”) matches involving teams from, or representing, England and Wales was 2,456.

This represents a increase of 4%, or 93 arrests, on the 2011-12 total – which was the lowest total on record.

The report also highlights that 58% of all matches were police free and that the number of football banning orders decreased by 11% to 2,451 on 20th September 2013 from 2,750 on 9th November 2012. This includes 471 new banning orders imposed during the reporting period (589 orders imposed over a full 12 months).

However, the report noted that although the general downwards trend in football-related arrests was continuing, there remains a significant risk it will escalate if efforts to prevent and tackle football-related disorder are reduced.

The statistics cover all arrests designated in law under schedule 1 of the Football Spectators Act 1989 (as amended) reported by police to the Football Banning Orders Authority.

This includes football specific offences (e.g. throwing missiles in a stadium, pitch encroachment) and a wide range of generic criminal offences committed in connection with a football match. This covers such arrests at any place within a period of 24 hours either side of a match.

For the first time data was collated on a full season of football-related offence arrests made by British Transport Police which included an additional 316 arrests.

With total attendance in excess of 39 million at regulated football matches the total number of arrests represents less than 0.01% of the total or 1 arrest for every 14,000 spectators.

During the season an average of less than 1 arrest made per match inside and outside of stadia (Premier League 1.90, Championship 1.13, League One 0.42, League Two 0.29).

Read the full report HERE

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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