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Cologne criticise ‘inadequate’ Arsenal security measures

Last Updated: 15/09/17 6:35pm

Extra police were deployed at Emirates Stadium after fan disorder before kick-off

Cologne have criticised “inadequate” security measures at the Emirates after crowd issues in their Europa League tie with Arsenal.

UEFA has charged Arsenal with blocking stairways in the away supporters section of the stadium during the Group H fixture, while Cologne face four counts – crowd disturbances; the setting off of fireworks; throwing objects; and acts of damage.1

Arsenal have already begun an investigation into the incidents, which led to five people being arrested following crowd disturbances. Arsenal have announced they are undertaking a full review into the events on Thursday, and said “the safety of everyone in and around Emirates Stadium is always our paramount consideration”. Cologne have condemned the incidents, which saw the game kick off an hour late, but believe it would have been “sensible” for the German side to be given more than their 3,000-seat allocation, with another 17,000 of the club’s supporters understood to have made the trip to London. “Due to the enormous demand for tickets, it would have been sensible, not least for security reasons, to allow more than the allocated five per cent of stadium capacity to the guest fans,” a Cologne statement read. “It was apparent that thousands of people from Cologne would seek to avoid the restrictions and get tickets in every way possible.

Arsene Wenger believes it would be ‘completely unfair’ for UEFA to punish Arsenal for the crowd violence which marred the win over Cologne

“One such way would be through the help of Arsenal supporters, who passed on their tickets to the FC fans . Some as gifts, but some also for horrendous prices.” Arsenal have acknowledged a number of away supporters had gained access to home sections “illegally, most likely via ticket touts”. The Premier League club also confirmed that anyone who became an Arsenal member after the UEFA Europa League draw would not have been eligible to buy tickets through their box office or ticket exchange services.

The safety of everyone in and around Emirates Stadium is always our paramount consideration.

Arsenal statement

An Arsenal statement read: “Any tickets found that have been sold or purchased illegally will be traced back to the original purchaser who will have their membership cancelled and the appropriate action taken.

“We are satisfied that the joint decision to delay the match by one hour and play with a 9.05pmkick-offf was the best and safest option . This was the first time in 20 years of European competition we have had to take such an action . Ultimately the match passed off safely.”

Cologne insist they, along with Arsenal, urged fans to purchase tickets only through official channels, and although the club believe the match going ahead was the correct decision, they questioned the security measures in place. “Despite the tremendous experience of both the London security forces and Arsenal as a permanent partaker in European football, the organisers were unfortunately not adequately prepared for the task,” the statement continued. “In our view, the security concept and communication seemed inadequate and the police force too small.

In our view, the security concept and communication seemed inadequate and the police force too small.

Cologne statement

“The most important common goal of having the match played on the same evening was achieved by allowing fans with valid tickets to quickly take their seats . This procedure proved to be the correct decision . Finally, the course of the match showed that the mixing of home and away fans did not constitute a safety risk for this match.” Cologne apologised to Arsenal for “a group of so-called disturbers” which they said “threatened, insulted, and even attacked stewards and police officers without cause”.

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However, the Bundesliga side remained adamant they were not responsible for this minority.

The statement continued: “These people are solely responsible for the fact that a football match with a special meaning for an entire region, as well as the courageous effort of our team on the pitch, had to be overshadowed by scenes that had nothing to do with sport and fair play.”

Arsenal are back in Premier League action this weekend as part of a Super Sunday double-bill .

Coverage of Chelsea v Arsenal begins at 12:30pm on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, followed by Manchester United v Everton.

References

  1. ^ UEFA has charged Arsenal with blocking stairways in the away supporters section of the stadium during the Group H fixture, while Cologne face four counts – crowd disturbances; the setting off of fireworks; throwing objects; and acts of damage. (www.skysports.com)

Security threat of unattended items in centre

Published: 17:00 Saturday 19 August 2017

Unattended items are to be removed from the city centre in the interest of safety and security. Peterborough City Council said the risk of a terrorist attack needed to be reduced following recent incidents in Manchester and London. And the authority countered suggestions rough sleepers may be adversely affected by the policy, stating that any impact is likely to be minimal as items will only be removed when they are considered abandoned. A council report states: The local authority continues to receive complaints and concerns from businesses and city centre residents relating to unattended items including sometimes hazardous waste.

Approval of this policy will allow for council officers to respond effectively to complaints from the public and businesses in the city. This will in turn improve fire safety, reduce security threats and improve the physical appearance of the city. The report adds: Unattended items may also pose a security risk which cannot be overlooked, particularly in light of the recent terrorist events in Manchester and London.

Whilst the police assessment of the risk of a terrorist incident occurring in Peterborough remains low, we nevertheless cannot be complacent and need to take all reasonable steps to reduce any risks. The council said it will speak to rough sleepers about the policy before it is implemented . Items which are considered abandoned will be removed by the council s waste management contractor Amey for collection and storage at its depot in Fengate. A note will be placed where the items have been taken to inform their owner and advise them where the items can be collected from .

They will then be stored for a month.

Security guards pin down suspected robber at city centre bank

Security guards tackled and held on to a suspected bank robber in the city centre1 this afternoon. Crowds gathered to watch the drama at the Cooperative Bank in Parker Street shortly before 5pm. The ECHO was told a man ran into the bank, jumped on the counter and demanded cash from the staff.

But security guards from nearby shops saw what was happened and raced to help. Peter Moorhouse, a security guard at Footlocker described how he saw the man run in to the bank from Church Street. He told ECHO: I radioed through to a colleague and we ran into the bank .

He jumped down off the counter and that s when we tackled him and pinned him down.

We radioed through for assistance and another two colleagues came to help us . We just held him there until police arrived.

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Tape at the entrance of the Cooperative Bank

Mr Moorhouse added that they didn t know whether the man was armed – but that a large rock fell out of his hand when he was on the floor. A witness outside the bank, who did not want to be named, said that community police officers arrived at the scene while he was being kept inside.

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He added: When I got here there was a massive crowd outside and the security guards had him on the floor.

The bank staff had shut the doors but people were standing about watching.

When the police arrived they walked him up to the top of the road, I don t know how he thought he was getting away with that one.

He didn t have his face covered or anything and there was about 60 people standing outside so he would have been seen.

Police have arrested a man after an attempted robbery at the Co-operative bank on Parker Street in the city centre

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A spokesperson for Merseyside Police2 said: Merseyside Police can confirm that, at 4:40 this evening, 11 July, officers were called to an attempted armed robbery at the Co-op bank on Parker Street in Liverpool City Centre.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police enquiries are continuing and images from CCTV will be examined.

Anyone who has any information on this can either phone the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and free, 0800 555 111.

References

  1. ^ city centre (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ Merseyside Police (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)