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Police knew about planned football violence

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7:38pm 5th August 2017
(Updated 7:48pm 5th August 2017)

Police have confirmed they knew about the planned violence at Burnley's friendly.

Officers had to call off the match today (5th Aug) after scenes turned ugly at Turf Moor.

A group of traveling Hanover fans began tearing up seats in the ground with some reports saying they were also armed with knives.

They tried attacking Claret supporters, stewards and Lancashire Police.

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Now we're being told by police that they had brought extra officers and resources to the pre-season friendly.

They say that was based on pre-game intelligence suggesting that there was going to be trouble in the away stands.

But officers were still forced to call off the game after half time because of the violent behaviour from the section of Hanover fans.

Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell, of Lancashire Police, said:

“A decision has been taken to abandon the football match between Burnley FC and Hanover 96, following consultation between the police match commander, the referee and Burnley FC’s grounds safety officer.

“This follows violent behaviour by a group of travelling Hanover fans, who attempted to attack fans in the home stands, as well as police officers and stewards.

“Although a robust policing operation was in place for the match, based on pre-game intelligence, additional resources have now been brought in from across the county to ensure no further disorder occurs.”

Burnley have said they accept that decision and that safety must come first.

2BR filmed the police operation as they made sure the town was safe from any further violence:

These Burnley fans were there with their kids:

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