POLICE will be on trains alongside football and rugby fans and at Huddersfield Railway Station today.
Huddersfield Town supporters will be heading to Wembley to see their team in the League One play-off final today while Rugby League fans head to Manchester tomorrow for the Magic fixture Huddersfield Giants v Salford City Reds match.
But police are issuing a zero tolerance approach after an incident last Saturday led to 11 arrests when thugs were seen throwing signs and shopping trolleys near to the Hart Pub in Market Street.
The trouble then spread to the railway as they made off along the tracks causing more than 60 train services to be disrupted.
British Transport Police Detective Inspector Stuart Mellish said: "The disorder that took place last week was completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by BTP. Innocent passengers who were simply waiting for their afternoon train were left fearing for their safety when the group of thugs began to cause chaos.
"We do not want a repeat of last week’s appalling behaviour and we will be closely monitoring passengers who continue to act up. Officers involved in policing football matches are trained to spot troublemakers quickly and deal with them appropriately. We want to make sure that the small minority don’t spoil it for everybody else."
He said officers will be continuing to carry out patrols to combat anti-social behaviour and disorder and reassure both passengers and staff.
He added:"There will be a visible presence of officers both at the station and on trains heading to London on Saturday and Manchester on Sunday, reassuring passengers and rail staff and ensuring that travellers have a safe journey.
"Anti-social behaviour in any form has a massive impact on those who travel and work on the railway. At best, ASB can be annoying, but at its worst it can be intimidating and can be the precursor to other crimes, such as last weekend’s violence."The 11 arrested after the disorder included a 16-year-old boy from Huddersfield. All have since been released on police bail.