Owners working on policing problems

14 Sep

London Stadium owners E20 are working closely with the Metropolitan Police to resolve the policing issue at West Ham’s new home.


West Ham: Owners working on policing problemsWest Ham: Owners working on policing problems

West Ham have demanded a police presence at future matches following crowd trouble during Saturday’s 4-2 Premier League defeat to Watford.

An unspecified number of fans were ejected from the London Stadium after fights broke out in the closing stages of the game, although the Met Police have stated there were no arrests.

West Ham, who moved from Upton Park into the converted London 2012 Olympic Stadium for the start of the new season, say they have specified “essential important improvements” to increase the numbers of those involved in stewarding and the security operation, as well as the level of training and experience they have in dealing with Premier League matches.

According to the club, E20 has confirmed that immediate action is being taken on the issues raised, including a “more robust and secure line of segregation” between home and away fans.


However, in a statement on Tuesday, Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Peter Terry, specialist crime & operations, said additional policing measures were not able to be implemented because of the lack of the Airwave radio system, which is used by the emergency services, and the problem was highlighted two years ago.

The London Stadium has hosted several events other than Premier League football, including 2015 Rugby World Cup matches and athletics competitions, which passed without major incidents among spectators.

A statement by E20/London Stadium 185 read: “The safety of the Stadium is paramount and all safety plans are agreed in advance by the police and if there were any significant concerns the Stadium would not be licensed.

“Saturday’s match was a Category A, low risk game and the police were based at the (Olympic) Park Headquarters throughout to monitor events at the Stadium. They were deployed in the Stadium when required, however the main pressure on the stewarding during the game was from infighting among the West Ham United fans.

“A decision to install Airwave was reached in March 2016. The procurement and installation is the responsibility of the police we have fully co-operated and will facilitate any access they require to carry this out.”

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