18:38 Friday 17 January 2014

Crime tsar makes football match calls

Written byMARK MCKAY

STAFFORDSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner has asked football clubs and police forces to change the way security is arranged at matches.

Matthew Ellis has asked Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham to look at contractual and financial plans.

His calls come after he met with Port Vale Football Club bosses to discuss costs the police charged the club during its game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in August.

Mr Ellis said: “I have asked the chief constable to update procedures around the way contractual and financial arrangements for policing football matches are made.

“In future there is to be greater rigour around the pre and post-match engagement with football clubs and in relation to the financial contract arrangements.”

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