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Police seek football banning orders after five arrests at derby between Ballymena and Coleraine

By Claire Williamson

Published 13/02/2016

Police have said they are seeking football banning orders after five arrests at the derby match between Ballymena and Coleraine.

Police had urged fans to remain peaceful ahead of the match at the Ballymena Showgrounds last night.

Posting on the PSNI North Coast Facebook page police thanked clubs and fans for their support in ensuring the the match passed off "largely peacefully".

However a spokesman said that a small number of individuals seemed "intent on ignoring police advice".

Police said: "There were a small number of individuals who seemed intent on ignoring police advice and pleas for common sense to prevail issued before the game, however local police officers were in place to deal swiftly and effectively with the would-be trouble makers.

"A total of five arrests were made for public order related offences and, where applicable, we will be seeking football banning orders.

"As part of our follow-up we will also be reviewing any available CCTV.

"Once again we would like to thank the majority of fans who attended and enjoyed the game with good cheer and sportsmanship."

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