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Policing plan in place for Second City derby

West Midlands Police will have a comprehensive operation in place for the Birmingham City and Aston Villa derby. 

The force has worked alongside both clubs and fan groups in preparing its policing plans for the game on Sunday, 10 March.

Along with the visible police presence in and around the ground there is a need to put some road closures and restrictions in place on the day; so away fans can leave via Emmeline Street.

This means there will no parking or traffic flow allowed on St Andrew's Road, Kingston Road and Keeley Street around the time of match. Fans who usually park in these roads are advised to find alternative locations. 

There will also be restrictions and anticipated short term traffic delays along Emmeline Street, Kingston Road and Lawley Middleway to assist with the departure of supporters after the game.

Motorists are warned to unfortunately expect delays during the afternoon and  may have to find alternative routes; while supporters may also face slightly longer journeys in the areas that are highlighted.

Information on the restrictions will be shared with residents and supporter groups ahead of the day. 

Match commander, Superintendent Nick Rowe, said: “The derby game between Blues and Villa is always a special occasion in the football calendar; with two sets of passionate supporters.”

"We know the vast majority of supporters attend to enjoy an exciting local derby. 

"We have experienced  some issues with disorder in recent previous matches and have worked closely with the clubs and fans groups to try and reduce this risk for this fixture.

"That does mean the need to put some temporary road closures in place. This is not a decision which has been taken lightly as we fully understand the inconvenience and disruption this may cause.   

“These plans are based on learning from previous derby matches and from working with the club and fans groups to come up with a plan which helps reduce problems and get people home after a great day out.”

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