News 13 September 2016
Author: Alex Griffin

Police turn down West Ham’s cry for help

13 September 2016

After crowd trouble during their game versus Watford on Saturday, West Ham football club have had their appeal for help turned down by the police.

Peter Terry, a senior officer at Metropolitan police, cited a lack of radio system as the reason why. He said, “”Until there is comprehensive radio coverage officers will not be routinely deployed within it.

The stadium operators are responsible for the safety and comfort of their customers and staff. This issue was highlighted to the stadium operators in October 2014 and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been in negotiation with stadium operators regarding the provision of Airwave radio inside the stadium.

“During this time, the MPS had spoken to the stadium operators several times to highlight the consequences of not installing such a system.

“The MPS is not able to provide Special Policing Services at this time as it would normally, as there is no satisfactory radio system across the ground.”

West Ham club officials confirmed they ejected 10 fans from their £700 million ground on Saturday, following from even more disturbances in the game against Bournemouth.

The Hammers only moved into their new London Stadium at the start of the season.