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Three arrests at Boundary Park

15 November 2012

Latics' fans on the right side of the law

Only three arrests were made at Boundary Park during the 2011/12 season according to figures released by the Home Office.

That makes it much safer to attend Latics' home matches than at most other clubs.

The Home Office point out total attendances were over 37 million and the number of arrests represents less than 0.01% of the total or one arrest for every 15,782 spectators.

But with Latics' home attendances totalling 122,422 for all matches, that equates to one arrest for every 40,477 fans at Boundary Park.

There were 19 arrests at away matches involving Latics. And of the 22 arrests in total, 10 were for public disorder offences, 10 for alcohol related incidents, one for illegal entry on to the field and one for possession of an offensive weapon.

Nine Latics' fans are currently subject to banning orders.

During 2011-12 season the total number arrests in connection with all international and domestic football regulated matches involving teams 
from, or representing, England and Wales was 2,363. This represents a decrease of 24%, or 726 arrests, on 2010-11 totals.

The downwards trend in football-related arrests is continuing, although there remains a significant risk it will escalate if efforts to prevent and tackle football related disorder are reduced.

The statistics cover all arrests designated in law under schedule one of the Football Spectators Act 1989 (as amended) reported by police to the 
Football Banning Orders Authority.

This includes football specific offences (e.g. throwing missiles in a stadium, pitch encroachment) and a wide range of generic criminal offences committed in connection with a football match.

This covers such arrests at any place within a period of 24 hours either side of a match.

During the season an average of less than 1 (0.72) arrest made per match inside and outside of stadia (Premier League 2.12, Championship 
0.90, League One 0.41, League Two 0.30).

No arrests at 74% of all regulated matches. 53% of all matches were police free – continuing to free up police resources to deal with local police and community priorities.

More than 100,000 English and Welsh club fans travelled to Champions League and Europa League matches outside of England and Wales. These 47 matches resulted in just 27 arrests of away fans.

The number of football banning orders decreased by 13% to 2,750 on November, 9th 2012 from 3,173 on November, 30th 2011. This represents 
493 new banning orders imposed during the period. Orders are time limited and expiring all the time.  

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