a MAJOR policing operation has been launched ahead of Burnley’s much-anticipated derby clash against arch rivals Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
The Clarets take on Rovers away at Ewood Park at 12-30pm in the Championship. The 4,000 Burnley fans expected to make the short trip will again have to travel by special bus and are asked to arrive at Turf Moor at 9-45am.
Police are advising people who live in the area that traffic will be busy in and around Turf Moor as the Burnley supporters will travel on coaches from Turf Moor to Ewood Park.
Officers are also urging fans to follow basic crime prevention advice and park their cars in lit areas, keep them locked and do not leave valuables on show.
Supt Jon Puttock said: “As with previous matches, we have worked extremely closely with Burnley and Blackburn Rovers Football Clubs as well as the supporters clubs, when planning the policing operation for the games.
“Where possible, our plans will replicate those that were put in place for the game at Turf Moor back in December.
“The aim of our operation is to ensure public safety and get people to and from the ground safely. Extra officers will be on hand to assist supporters as well as stewards from both clubs.
“Very few people attending football matches actually cause problems at the games. I want to reassure people we will not be letting a minority spoil what should be an occasion for all the family to enjoy.
“We will have the resources to deal with any incidents of disorder and people should be warned that as well as being dealt with on the day we will also look to secure banning orders on offenders.
“There will be a number of road closures in place to enable us to transport the visiting supporters into Blackburn and I would advise the Rovers fans that traffic will be busy on the day so they may be best allowing extra time for travelling to the game.”
Burnley currently sit in 11th place in the Championship, just three points above rivals Rovers who have a game in hand.