Fireworks as drugs and alcohol seized from coach load of Crystal Palace fans

PUBLISHED: 09:54 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:59 29 April 2013

A pair of Crystal Palace fans were arrested and five bin-bags of alcohol seized when police stopped a coach load of football fans on Saturday morning.

Officers from Operation Arrowtip stopped the vehicle at around 8am in South Norwood, with one man receiving a caution aftering being arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs.

A second man was arrested under the Explosives Act for possession of pyrotechnics, and was also believed to be carrying Class A drugs. He has been bailed pending further enquiries until late July.

The coach, believed to have been travelling to Crystal Palace’s away fixture at Blackburn Rovers, did not continue its journey. The driver was reported under the Sporting Events Act (1985).

Det Ch Insp Andy Barnes, head of Operation Arrowtip, said: “The MPS takes a proactive approach to preventing football related disorder and we will deal robustly with anyone who sees football as a justification for violent behaviour and criminal activity.”

If you have information about football related disorder, call 020 8246 0076 or to remain anonymous, call 0800 555 111.

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