Police to use drones and dogs to stop violence at Oxford United game

Thames Valley Police said it would take “a highly visible and robust policing operation” for the League One match at the Kassam.

It comes after 13 people were arrested at December’s reverse fixture in Reading following scuffles in the street.

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Oxford Mail: The Kassam Stadium will host Saturday's match between Oxford United and Reading FCThe Kassam Stadium will host Saturday’s match between Oxford United and Reading FC (Image: Oxford Mail)

To stop similar scenes, football spotters, mounted officers, police dogs and drones will be deployed on Saturday (February 3).

The force has also put in place a section 35 order which gives officers the power to disperse 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 and 60 orders will be in place in this area of Oxford on SaturdaySection 35 and 60 orders will be in place in this area of Oxford on Saturday (Image: TVP)

Oxford Mail: The orders will also be in place in Didcot from 8am to 8pmThe orders will also be in place in Didcot from 8am to 8pm (Image: TVP)

Both police orders will be in place in Oxford and Didcot from 8am to 8pm.

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.”

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