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Bad Treatment At Upton Park?

To the best of my understanding if the Police stop and search you they have to give you a reason why and thereafter give you a written note of their reasons.

Today, our security team were 'patting down' Villa supporters; I saw two being searched in this way and frankly neither looked to my untrained eye as they'd come into any high risk category. Both supporters looked to be in their late teens. The security man then called out a middle aged man from the queue by saying 'oi you, come 'ere' but his polite request was ignored and the supporter just went through the turnstiles.

What gives these security teams these powers? Can anybody confirm if allowing yourself to be searched in such a manner is conditional on entry to the ground? Would a risk assessment have to be submitted that the fans posed any particular threat?

By Amanda at www.standupsitdown.co.uk

So did anyone get bad treatment or see any? I must admit I didn't see anything and I wasn't stopped - although I'd not have been impressed if I had been, especially as my outfit was made of eggs and I'd have hated them to be broken........ (I think I need a sit down!).




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 11 2006

Time: 7:12PM

Your Comments

No, not at all. Myself and my two companions were treated no worse than at any other ground, in fact better than at some. Weren't frisked, stopped. questioned, mistreated in any way. Sorry, cant help.
glensider
A condition of entry to any football ground is a willingness to be searched. Refuse and you don't get in. Next time look at the rules clearly displayed at every entrance.
Denis_B
does having to look at steve bruce's face count as mistreatment? because if so then i was mistreated last season sitting in the witton having that opposite me !
bobbyfett
Must say that I never saw anything.
Dannygav
I was really impressed with the Hammers fans for being so quiet for us, thought it was really considerate as many of us had had a drink and obviously didnt want to end up with a headache!
The Fear
Spot on Denis B. This has unfortunately been prevalent at a lot of grounds over a number of years, irritating though it is.
sandgroanun
Sadly, the way our society is these days means that we occasionally have to submit to being frisked or worse. That shouldn't be a problem for anyone, providing it is done with courtesy, good manners and good humour.
BobTheBuilder
Been searched several times over the years, both the easy & the hard way. Strangest was at Charlton where I was in possesion of a mobile phone, sunglasses hardcase, & a flask of whiskey. The steward in question obviously felt these items in my jacket but waved me thru' no questions asked. I couldn't help thinking what was the point?. I might as well have been carrying a half-housebrick or semtex I'd have still got thru' their "search".
Willie Willie Anders
A chorus of s**t on the blues went up in the lobby prior to the game, and one fan was randomly ejected on the grounds of singing it!! But overall a reasonable day out, police didnt seem to mind the away fans standing up throughout the game, which I personally find distinctly preferrable. Cant say i object to being searched particularly in this day and age, although it really irritates me the way that plastic bottle tops must be removed prior to purchase. How dangerous is a plastic bottle top????
andrew144
 

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