Historic Football Operations (8364/19)

Request

I would like to access all available information about two operations organised by the West Midlands police force in the 1980s, as well as all available information about hooligan activity at St. Andrews stadium, Small Heath, on May 11 1985.

The two operations are:

– Operation Growth (Get Rid of Wolverhampton’s Troublesome Hooligans), March, 1998 – an operation involving 250 officers in Wolverhampton.

– Operation Red Card, ended January 1987 – an operation that targeted members of the ‘Zulu Warriors’ hooligan firm and involved 180 police officers in Birmingham.

I’m also requesting information about events that took place at St. Andrews, the Birmingham City Football Club home ground, on May 11, 1985, in which fans of Birmingham City F.C. and Leeds United F.C. clashed, leading to the collapse of a wall and the death of a young boy named Ian Hambridge.

CLARIFICATION

 Operation Growth:

– Please provide the number of arrests made in connection to Operation Growth.

– Please provide the names of all those arrested in connection to Operation Growth. Please provide the dates those individuals were arrested, and the locations they were arrested in. Please also provide the ages of the arrested.

– Please provide a list of charges made as a result of Operation Growth. Please provide a list of charged assailants (their names) alongside the charges made against them. Please also indicate the instances when convictions were made as a result of the charges, and which charges those convictions related to.

– Please provide a list of articles / weapons seized from the arrested individuals.

– Please provide the number of police officers involved with Operation Growth.

– Please provide the names of police officers involved with Operation Growth, as well as their rank at the time, and an indication of whether they were covert officers or not.

– Please provide the dates during which Operation Growth was active.

– Please provide the Operation’s start date.

– Please provide the Operation’s end date.

– Please provide the name of the officer in charge of Operation Growth.

– Please provide the names of the hooligan firms Operation Growth targeted.

– Please provide the total cost of the Operation.

– Please provide any video or photographic material associated with the operation, including camera footage taken from observation locations.

Operation Red Card:

– Please provide the number of arrests made in connection to Operation Red Card.

– Please provide the names of all those arrested in connection to Operation Red Card. Please provide the dates those individuals were arrested, and the locations they were arrested in. Please also provide the ages of the arrested.

– Please provide a list of charges made as a result of Operation Red Card. Please provide a list of charged assailants (their names) alongside the charges made against them. Please also indicate the instances when convictions were made as a result of the charges, and which charges those convictions related to.

– Please provide a list of articles / weapons seized from the arrested individuals.

– Please provide the number of police officers involved with Operation Red Card.

– Please provide the names of police officers involved with Operation Red Card, as well as their rank at the time, and an indication of whether they were covert officers or not.

– Please provide the dates during which Operation Red Card was active.

– Please provide the Operation’s start date.

– Please provide the Operation’s end date.

– Please provide the name of the officer in charge of Operation Red Card.

– Please provide the names of the hooligan firms Operation Red Card targeted.

– Please provide the total cost of the Operation.

– Please provide any video or photographic material associated with the operation, including camera footage taken from observation locations.

 

Response

Due to West Midlands Police retention guidelines any information from the 1980’s and 1990’s would have been destroyed, therefore I am unable to suggest any practical way in which we can assist in order to satisfy your query.

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