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Policing plans in place as FA Cup fever hits the region this weekend

05 Jan 2018 11:00 AM

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Excitement is building as Newcastle prepares for the arrival of FA Cup fever in the city this weekend.

On Saturday Newcastle United will welcome League Two side Luton Town to St James' Park for a traditional 3pm kick-off in the FA Cup Third Round.

The away side are expected to travel in numbers from Bedfordshire with 7,500 visiting supporters snapping up tickets for the match this weekend.

Because of the large number of travelling fans an enhanced policing plan has been put in place to make sure that this is a safe event and that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

The police commander for Saturday's fixture has said today that he is looking forward to a great atmosphere - and an FA Cup classic.

Chief Inspector Jamie Pitt said: "We are delighted to be involved in the policing of a good old fashion 3pm FA Cup third round game and are expecting an excellent atmosphere this weekend.

"Luton Town fans will be travelling in large numbers so it is appropriate and proportionate for us to put a policing operation in place to minimise any disruption to the city.

"We will be working closely with the football club, the local authority and the British Transport Police to make sure we can enjoy the atmosphere and tradition of the FA Cup third round weekend.

"However if anyone does have any concerns, whether you are a visitor to the city or a football fan, then please do stop our officers and say hello."

Saturday will also see a huge match up between Sunderland AFC and Middlesbrough FC at the Riverside Stadium with a kick-off time of 1pm.

A policing plan is in place for that match and we are working closely with colleagues in Cleveland to ensure that the match passes without incident.

Fans travelling to the game can get all the information they need about travel, turnstile times and away bars by following @NPSAFC on Twitter this weekend.

Fans from both Newcastle and Luton are also being encouraged to follow @NPNUFC on Twitter for updated information around this weekend's fixture.

Anyone who wants to report anything to police ahead of either of the matches, or on the day of the game itself, can do so by calling 101 or reporting it online at www.northumbria.police.uk/contact.

In an emergency, or if a crime is in action, you should always contact 999.