Government statistics released within this month show that football related arrests have fallen for the 2016-17 season.
Across the 2016-17 season there were 1,638 football related arrests a 14% decrease compared to the previous season. It means the average is four arrests per 100,000 match going supporters across England and Wales.
The overwhelming majority of football supporters are well behaved and that match days largely pass without incident – these figures reflect that…
The Home Office statistics show that arrests have now fallen by almost 50% – down from 3,089 to the number of 1,638 (47%).
FSF caseworker Amanda Jacks commented “It`s very pleasing to see arrests remaining at historically low levels. Any match-going fan will know that the overwhelming majority of football supporters are well behaved and that match days largely pass without incident – these figures reflect that. Over the last seven seasons we`ve seen significant improvements to football policing, supporter behaviour and fans` involvement in match-day planning. These have all contributed to a better match-day experience.”
Locally, Stoke City had 34 fans arrested between 2014 and 2017 while Crewe had six and the Valiants had 29. A breakdown of the Vale arrests is below:
Vale arrests from 2014 to 2017
Violent disorder: 11
Public disorder: 9
Throwing missiles: 0
Racist and indecent chanting: 7
Pitch incursion: 0
Alcohol offences: 2
Ticket touting: 0
Possession of offensive weapon: 0
Possession of pyrotechnics: 0
Breach of banning order: