Police report no serious trouble as fans flock in

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Police were out in force as hundreds of football fans converged on Chorley town centre on Saturday.

One fan was issued with a fixed penalty notice for drunk and disorderly behaviour, said Chorley Police.

Almost 1,000 visiting
FC United fans arrived in Chorley for their team’s FA Trophy second round clash with Chorley FC at Victory Park, where a crowd of 2,254 watched a gripping 3-3 draw.

The Magpies were 2-0 at half time and need a late equaliser to stay in the
competition.

Police said Chorley town centre was also visited by numbers of Leeds United and Manchester City fans before their teams’ games away at Bolton and Everton
respectively.

A spokesman said: “FC United fans, as expected, arrived in quite large numbers and filled most of the pubs in the town centre, with some Leeds United and Manchester City fans.

“By early afternoon, small pockets of fans had gathered and looked like they were causing a bit of a disturbance.”

The spokesman said early intervention prevented any serious trouble, adding: “The police operation was more than sufficient to deal with the situation.

“Neighbourhood policing teams were out in force in the town centre, providing high visibility assurances.

“One person received a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly.”

British Transport Police tweeted: “Our officers moved to assist ChorleyPolice with disorder near to the railway station. Escorted Leeds fans on to train.”

A spokesperson for British Transport Police confirmed they assisted, but added: There were no incidents.”

Malcolm Allen, chairman of Chorley Traders’ Alliance, who owns Malcom’s Musicland, Chapel Street, praised the police for the way they handled the situation.

He said: “The problem is, we had three lots of different fans in the town centre.

“This is a regular occurrence throughout the football season.

“Away fans, with matches in Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan end up in Chorley town centre to drink and the police do an excellent job – and they did so on Saturday.”