Big drop in Leeds United arrests

Figures for the number of arrests involving Leeds United fans have been released.

Figures for the number of arrests involving Leeds United fans have been released.

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The number of Leeds United supporters arrested for football-related reasons fell by a third last season, new figures have revealed.

There were 68 such arrests of the club’s fans in 2015/16, 25 at home games, 41 at away matches and two at neutral venues, Home Office figures show.

YEP graphic shows the number of Leeds United arrests last season.

YEP graphic shows the number of Leeds United arrests last season.

The total is a big drop from the 99 arrests seen in 2014/15, though it is still the highest in Yorkshire and the second highest in the Championship, behind Birmingham City.

Of the 68 football-related arrests involving Leeds United supporters last season, 12 related to violent disorder and 21 to public disorder. A further 20 related to alcohol offences and six to criminal damage.

Across the region there were 334 football-related arrests of supporters of the region’s leading teams in the 2015/15 season, down from 350 in 2014/15,

Bradford City, Rotherham United, Middlesbrough and Barnsley also saw fewer supporters arrested, while Huddersfield Town’s total of 13 arrests was the same as in 2014/15, according to the new figures.

But both Sheffield clubs, Wednesday and United, Doncaster Rovers and Hull City all had more supporters arrested in 2015/16 than the previous campaign.

Only five new banning orders were handed to Leeds United supporters last season, but the club’s running total of 47 orders as of August 1 put it seventh in the national table, behind Liverpool, Burnley, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Millwall, Chelsea and Newcastle United.

Nationally, nearly 2,000 football-related arrests were made in the most recent season - the first increase in three years, new Home Office figures show.

Some 1,895 were made in the period between July 1 2015 and July 10 2016, up one per cent from the previous year when the number was 1,873.

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