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Advice ahead of Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide football game

Alert message sent 17/02/2020 10:14:00

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Our officers in Ashbourne are offering advice to ensure the annual Royal Shrovetide football game is a safe one.

We have been working with Derbyshire County Council and numerous other agencies to help the The Shrovetide Committee, a group of locals keen to keep the tradition alive, plan and manage the annual event and ensure its safe running.

Motorists are advised to avoid the Ashbourne area where possible on Tuesday 25 February and Wednesday 26 February, while the game is on.

The annual event will see the Up-‘Ards’ take on the Down’Ards’ in a recreation of the first match which took place in the town back in the 17th Century. Over the years the event has grown and increased in popularity and now attracts people from all over the world.

While the vast amount of people will be responsible and respectful, our officers want to remind people that any drink-related violence and anti-social behaviour before, during or after the event won’t be tolerated.

Inspector Daron Abbott, who is in charge of the Derbyshire Dales Local Policing Unit, said: “Although we don’t proactively police the Royal Shrovetide Football events, we have worked closely with the Shrovetide Committee, Derbyshire County Council and other partnership agencies for a number of years so that the game can continue to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

“Officers from our local Safer Neighbourhood policing team will be on duty offer a presence to provide reassurance, and if any unlawful offences are committed then they will dealt with appropriately.”

Insp, Abbott added: “The event usually passes by safely, and historically the number of arrests has been low. Competitors are fully aware of the game and its rules, and we would just urge people to make sure they follow the request of any personnel or marshals at all times, and to respect the town and the community.

“With your help and cooperation we can help ensure the game continues to be the great and cherished tradition which it has become in Ashbourne.”
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