Statistics on football-related arrests and banning orders: season 2009-10

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Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 November 2010
Criminal Justice Services
Social welfare
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This document presents statistics regarding football related arrests and banning orderts for the season 2009-10. During the 2009-10 season the total number of people arrested in connection with all international and domestic football matches involving teams from England and Wales was 3,391. This represents a decrease of 10%, or 395 arrests. The downwards trend in football-related arrests is continuing, but there is no complacency. This covers all arrests designated in law under schedule 1 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 is any arrest at any place within a period of 24 hours either side of a match. During the season an average of 1.05 arrests were made per match (inside and outside of stadia). No arrests at 70% of all matches. Two arrests or less were made at 85% of matches. 47% of all matches were police free – continuing to free up police resources to deal with local police and community priorities. More than 90,000 English and Welsh club fans travelled to Champions league and Europa league matches outside of England and Wales. These 42 matches resulted in just 12 arrests.

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