Fans can attend Gillingham-Swindon

Fans of Gillingham and Swindon will be allowed to attend their League Two match this Saturday after a row over policing costs was resolved.


A prohibition notice was issued by Medway Council last week preventing supporters from attending Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium in Kent this Saturday for the match against Swindon following "serious concerns" about potential public order risks at the ground and a row over policing costs.

Intelligence suggested the risk was so serious that fans would not be able to attend the match unless the dispute between Kent Police and Gillingham over the costs and number of officers needed was resolved, Medway Council said.

Councillor Mike O'Brien, who is responsible for community safety and customer contact, said Kent Police had informed the council the required number of officers would be in the ground on Saturday.

He said: "We are pleased to say that Kent Police have informed us that the dispute over costs of policing at the Gillingham FC v Swindon Town match this Saturday have been resolved and the required numbers of police officers needed will be in the ground on the day.

"We are pleased that the police and the club have reached a resolution as this is good news for supporters from both sides and means they will be able to attend and watch the game with enough police there to make sure it is safe for all."

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