Dispersal order in force ahead of Oxford United game

The force has put in place a section 35 dispersal order which gives officers the power to move on individuals and groups of people causing harassment, alarm or distress.

A section 60 order will also allow officers to require any person to remove an item which they believe the person intends to wear to conceal their identity.

This can also include seizing that item.

Oxford Mail: Section 35 dispersal order in force for parts of Oxford and Didcot

Kick off is at 12.30pm. Both police orders will be in place from 8am to 8pm.

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Police will also use dogs, drones and mounted officers to tackle any anti-social behaviour.

Superintendent Adrian Hall, Tactical Commander for the policing operation, said: “The majority of people attending this game will be there to enjoy the football and our officers will be there throughout the day and on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

“Please feel free to approach them.

“We continue to work with both football clubs, our partners and local communities to ensure a safe operation and prevent those who pose a risk of anti-social behaviour from impacting on others.”

There have now been 28 arrests following the Thames Valley derby last December.

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