Police issue festive warning to fans ahead of clash between Leeds United and Preston North End

Police have issued a warning to fans who are driving to Leeds United's clash against Preston North End for the Thursday afternoon Boxing Day fixture.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 1:52 pm

The Whites will be hoping to bounce back after their defeat to Fulham on Saturday when they kick off against Preston at Elland Road at 5.15pm.

A big crowd is expected for the Boxing Day fixture, with Marcelo Bielsa's men needing a victory to keep pace with top of the table West Brom.

There will be no shuttle buses from Leeds city centre to the game, so more people are expected to be driving to the ground.

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And West Yorkshire Police are warning people to be extra careful with their valuables when they park up.

There has been an issue with cars being broken into and stolen in the streets around Elland Road on match days.

A tweet from the dedicated team who manage policing around the games said: "If you are driving to today’s #lufc #pnefc game don’t leave any of your Christmas presents on show!

"We are still receiving reports of cars being targeted during games in streets surrounding #ellandroad #dontleavevaluablesonshow #carcrime."

Police have warned fans to take caution if parking in streets around Elland Road.

In another tweet, they reminded fans: "Car parks will fill even earlier today! Please park responsibly if parking in residential areas."