All fans with tickets for the Crewe Alexandra vs Port Vale fixture on Easter Monday, please take note of the following statement from Superintendent Martin Cleworth, in charge of the policing operation.
“Fans heading to the derby on Easter Monday can expect to see a visible policing presence. We don’t want you to be alarmed or intimidated, this is to reassure the local community and ensure all supporters enjoy the match safely.
“We know most supporters have good intentions when these two teams come together but a strong policing operation must be in place to ensure the game runs smoothly throughout the day and prevent any disorder before and after the whistle is blown.
“Our officers will be in and around the town centre and the route to the stadium while we will also have support from British Transport Police at Crewe Railway Station.
“We just want everyone to enjoy a good game and feel safe. Please respect residents who live near the vicinity of the stadium as well as local businesses by behaving yourselves.
“Port Vale FC were given their maximum allocation of tickets, and these sold out in advance of the fixture. Therefore there will be no ticket sales to Port Vale supporters on the day of the game.
"All the pubs in the vicinity of the stadium and in the town centre will be closed from 3pm until well after the game has ended, so there will be nowhere for any ticketless fans to stay and drink while the game is in progress.
“If anyone does see any anti-social behaviour or disorder before and after the game, please report it to us on 101 or speak to your nearest police officer.”
Fans can follow the Cheshire Police dedicated Twitter account @CreweAlexPolice and the local policing channel @CreweLPU for up to date information on the run up to and on the day of the game.