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Team effort to keep fans in Newport safe

3 March 2022

Football fans urged to stay safe and support sensibly as Newport County welcome Bristol Rovers and their supporters to Rodney Parade on Saturday 5 March.

Gwent Police will be teaming up with Newport County AFC to keep the public safe ahead of the key game between rival clubs at Rodney Parade.

The club will be hosting neighbours Bristol Rovers on Saturday 5th March for their game in the Sky Bet League Two encounter.

Working with Newport County and other partners, officers will be present on matchday to ensure the safety of everyone visiting the city – whether for the football or for other activities.

Chief Inspector John Davies said:

“As Welsh stadiums can host fixtures at full capacity, we’re expecting a great atmosphere from both sets of supporters, including those from Bristol making their away across the Severn for this game.

“Officers will be out and about in Newport on Saturday to ensure the safety of everyone visiting the city. If you have any concerns, please take the time to talk to us.

“We want everyone visiting Newport to enjoy themselves and do so in a considerate and sensible manner.

“Anyone caught committing a criminal offence or acting in an anti-social way will be prosecuted.”

Gavin Foxall, the club’s chairman, added: “We look forward to welcoming both sets of supporters to this local derby.

“We are working with a number of partners to ensure that the stadium provides a safe and comfortable environment for all fans.” 

Officers will also be supported by colleagues from the British Transport Police on matchday, while a special train for football fans will depart from Newport railway station at 5.55pm stopping at Bristol Parkway and Temple Meads only after the game.


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