Added: Thursday 9 February 2012
Please note that this is archived material and may not necessarily reflect the current position of Northamptonshire Police
Following a meeting today of the Safety Advisory Group – which is responsible for the safety of sports grounds within Northamptonshire – the group has decided that Kettering Town Football Club's fixture this Saturday against Telford must be played behind closed doors. Fans are advised not to travel to the game as entrance to the ground will not be permitted.
Superintendent Sean Bell said: “In common with all police forces, Northamptonshire Police uses national guidance to charge for the policing of events. This is designed to offset the cost to the taxpayer of the extra police resources that are required and ensures officers are not taken away from policing duties in their communities – particularly important in the context of the significant budget cuts the Force faces in the coming years.
“For some months, Kettering Town Football Club (KTFC) has been in arrears for the policing services it has been supplied with and the club has missed successive payment deadlines for this weekend’s fixture. As a result, Northamptonshire Police has informed the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) that they will not be providing KTFC with a policing presence inside the ground at Saturday’s match and requested that the SAG review the club’s safety certificate for this weekend’s fixture. Northamptonshire has an excellent safety record for its major events and this is something we are not prepared to compromise.”
Mark Severn, head of the KTFC Supporters’ Trust, said: “We are disappointed with the outcome of today’s meeting but understand the concerns that have been raised and the decision of the Safety Advisory Group.”