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Football Pyrotechnic Incidents (4478_17)


1) How many pyrotechnic incidents (see Section 2A of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985) have been recorded at football matches that took place in the West Midlands Police area? I am requesting data for the last three football seasons: 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17? Please break this data down by offence location (by stadium), offence type and the team supported by the offender.




Season            Stadium           Offender team            Pyrotechnic category

14/15   Villa Park         Aston Villa       Flare

15/16   Villa Park         Bristol City FC Smoke Bomb


2) How many individuals have been criminally charged or summonsed as a result of the offences outlined in Question 1?


3) How many individuals have been arrested for the offences outlined in Question 1?


4) How many football banning orders have been enforced during each the 2014/15, 2015/16, and 2016/17 football seasons for offences under Section 2A (having a flare or firework) of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985



Please find attached our response.


Please note that these data should be interpreted with caution. Comparing numbers of incidents/crimes can be misleading and does not necessarily indicate the likelihood of someone being a victim of crime. In addition, the number of incidents/crimes recorded in an area over a period of time can be influenced by a number of factors. Consequently statistics on incidents/crimes for one period may not necessarily be a good indicator of future incidents in that area.


Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.


The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.