Trouble mars Hereford’s game with Stockport

There were several reports of crowd trouble both during and after Hereford’s battling 2-2 draw at home to title chasing Stockport County at the weekend. 
The Hereford Times details that smoke bombs were set off at Edgar Street and that police were called called to two different pubs in the local area on Saturday, while a number of small scuffles were also reported.
On the pitch, a Rowan Liburd stoppage time equalizer secured a point for the Bulls, which in turn prevented Stockport from moving back to the top of the National League North table.
Speaking about the crowd trouble, Superintendent Mel Paley of West Mercia Police told the Hereford Times, “In order to maintain levels of service to Herefordshire communities, West Mercia Police will act on intelligence received when planning and policing an event such as this. West Mercia Police will always prioritise the public, their safety and the safety of staff.
“Responsibility for disorder such as we saw yesterday always lies with those who make the decision to be violent and put innocent people at risk and we will act accordingly, and as such four arrests were made.
“I would like to reassure the local community and the vast majority of peaceful football fans from both Stockport County and Hereford FC who were caught up in the disturbance that we always review our operational procedures to take away any lessons to be learned and this case will be no different.

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