Dorset Police has reported that no Yeovil Town supporters were arrested before, during or after Easter Monday derby at W*ymouth.

However, one Terras’ fan was arrested for throwing a bottle on to the pitch following an incident involving Glovers’ captain Luke Wilkinson during the first half.

There was an incident as away supporters exited the Bob Lucas Stadium where a green smoke bomb was set off in the car park.

1300 Yeovil Fans at Weymouth
Pic Ian Perkins

Speaking to the Dorset Echo, Chief Superintendent Richard Bell, local policing commander and silver commander for the event, said: “No section 35 dispersal orders were issued on the day and there was just one arrest relating to a report of a home supporter throwing a bottle onto the pitch during the game.

“Local officers were supported by specialist public order officers and police dogs to ensure a visible presence in the town before and after the game, as well as at the match itself.

“We would like to thank the vast majority of fans who attended the game and enjoyed it in the right spirit and co-operated with the directions of officers and club officials throughout.”

He added: “Following the game, a request was made to W*ymouth supporters to wait in the stadium as officers and stewards facilitated the safe exit of the large group of away fans.

It was reported that green smoke was set off in the stadium car park during the dispersal of the away supporters. The crowd subsequently dispersed at the direction of police.

No further incidents or issues were reported, and the majority of Yeovil supporters were believed to have returned home on the 5.30pm train.

The report added that both Dorset Police and British Transport Police had dispersal powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act which gave them powers to address any anti-social behaviour before, during or after the game.

Chief Supt Bell said officers attended The William Henry, the Wetherspoon pub in the resort, ahead of the match where a number of supporters had gathered.

He added: “Officers attended and no offences were identified; they helped to ensure that supporters attended the ground without incident.


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