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STAY AWAY; Cheshire Police warn City fans without a ticket for big match...

Byline: Laura Nicklin

BLUEBIRDS' fans without tickets for the end-of-season showdown with Crewe have been given a stark warning by Cheshire Police - stay away.

All of the 1,600 tickets allocated to Bluebirds fans for the game on May 3 have now been sold.

Police say there is no way fans without tickets will get into the ground.

In an attempt to ensure a trouble-free afternoon, extra officers, who will patrol the town centre, the route to the ground and the stadium itself, are being drafted in.

Cheshire Police say they will be working closely with the British Transport Police along with officers from Cardiff.

A statement from the Cheshire force said: ``Cheshire Police will be working closely with colleagues from elsewhere in order to ensure the early identification and containment of known trouble-makers.''

Reiterating the force's plan for the day, Inspector Jeff Crewe said: ``The Railwaymen, as they are locally known, have a significant following in the Crewe commun i t y.

``Many of those who come to enjoy the matches are families who bring children with them.

``My aim is to ensure that supporters of either team, who arrive with their tickets to enjoy an afternoon's sporting entertainment, do not have their enjoyment marred by the behaviour of a minority who set out only to disrupt.

``Any such behaviour will be dealt with very firmly by the officers policing the event.''
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 23, 2003
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