British Transport Police preparing for Swansea verus Cardiff clash
RAILWAY cops are getting ready for a major operation to keep the peace before and after the upcoming South Wales football derby.
Swansea take on Cardiff in the capital next month, in the first clash between the old rivals in the top flight of the game.
British Transport Police have said they would be deploying officers to all stations between Carmarthen and Cardiff, as well as having uniformed and plain-clothed officers on trains through South Wales — many wearing body cameras to record what was happening.
Superintendent Andy Morgan said it was great to see both clubs being so successful, and he said the November 3 match would be a “fantastic occasion” for fans.
He said: “Our officers will be on hand to make sure the day goes as smoothly as possible for fans.
“We’re working very closely with South Wales Police to ensure we create a safe and comfortable environment for the travelling public, especially those fans travelling to and from the game.
“We’ll have officers at every station between Carmarthen and Cardiff, while trains throughout South Wales will be patrolled by plain-clothed and uniformed officers, who will be wearing body cameras on services where there’s no CCTV.
He added: “I would urge supporters to focus their efforts on what happens on the field and on supporting their team, which is, of course, what the day is all about.”
Meanwhile South Wales Police have said they were “accustomed” to policing large sporting events in the capital.
Superintendent Tony Smith: “We work closely with the two clubs and policing arrangements for the season are being developed.
“As always, we want the focus to be on the games not the policing of the fixtures and we would like to wish both teams every success.”
Earlier this week the supporters trusts of both clubs united in calling on fans to ensure the derby was not marred by trouble off the pitch.