Safety Officer Message
October 28, 2016
FROM THE BRFC SAFETY OFFICER
Bristol Rovers fans have been advised to arrive early to future home games due to an increased level of vigilance at the Memorial Stadium.
In light of National Counter Terrorism advice and the current terrorist threat, an increased number of bag searches will now take place.
Safety officer Dave Parker issued the following statement:
“We have been asked several times if, due to the heightened terrorism threat if we will allow bags etc. to be brought into the Memorial Stadium at future matches particularly by away fans.
“We have been in contact with the National Counter Terrorism Security Officers and have listened to their advice.
“We do not intend to allow terrorism, or fear of terrorism, to impact unnecessarily on our match day operations at the Memorial Stadium. Therefore we will continue to allow bags and rucksacks etc. to be brought into the Stadium. However, the Safety Stewards will increase their level of vigilance at the Stadium to ensure public safety and confidence.
“Therefore, we will undertake an increased number of bag searches etc. With that in mind, I would advise all fans to arrive at the Stadium earlier than usual and to be prepared to accept that Safety Stewards may ask to look into any bags or rucksacks and also ask spectators to open bulky jackets.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind fans that running on to the pitch is illegal and those doing so will be detained by my stewards and handed over to the police to be prosecuted. I am a very passionate supporter and understand how emotions can run high but please do not be tempted.”
The club does not want to alarm fans and there has been no specific threat made against the Memorial Stadium.