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Stewards to breathalyse fans at football games as part of new trial

Cambridge United it involved in a trial to breathalyse football fans if they're thought to be drunk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new scheme to help stamp out anti-social behaviour at football grounds has been trialled at Cambridge United.

It's the first trial of its kind for a football club in the country.

Stewards can now breathalyse any fans they believe to be excessively drunk as police try to crack down on alcohol fuelled violence.

Ian Darler from Cambridge United says it's not about taking the fun out of football.

"I would hope that after a couple of games they'll see that's not what we're doing it's the opposite. I've probably made errors in the past where we have ejected people who have had a bit to drink and they weren't inebriated but at least this extra piece of kit gives us a little bit more to support the needs of my staff and their welfare and also other supporters in the stadium."

– Ian Darler, Cambridge United
Cambridge United fans get ready for Saturday's game at the Abbey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The trial is an extension of a system where pub and club doormen use breathalysers to bar entry to people who are too drunk.

The results from those trials have shown a reduction in the number of disorders by around a third.

The breathalysers will only be used at the stewards' discretion and will only detect anything above twice the legal drink-drive limit - that's usually between 4 to 6 pints.

If the scheme works well it could be introduced at other grounds.

"I would suggest this scheme wouldn't affect 99.99% of fans. People who come up here with their families are here to watch football, it's not aimed at them, it's the small minority of people who get heavily preloaded with alcohol and then seek to cause problems either during the game or after the game."

– Sgt Ian Wood, Cambridgeshire police


Cambridge United sign former £1million striker Slew

Slew in action for Rotherham United where he spent time on loan in 2013. Credit: PA

Cambridge United have announced the signing of striker Jordan Slew on an 18-month deal.

The 22-year-old was regarded as hot property while at Sheffield United, and eventually signed for Blackburn Rovers in a £1million deal in 2011.

However, his career has stalled since and he was released by Rovers on deadline day.

Slew has been handed the number 9 shirt at the Abbey Stadium.

"Jordan has some fantastic attributes and a fantastic pedigree.

Obviously his career has not progressed in the way he would have wanted since joining Blackburn for such a big fee at such a young age and he is yet to realise his potential.

Our club is all about developing talented young players though, so this signing is really exciting. We believe that we can be good for each other."

– Jez George, Cambridge United Chief Executive

Cambridge United's FA Cup run over despite valiant Manchester United effort

Juan Mata celebrates scoring Manchester United's opener. Credit: PA

Cambridge United's hopes of causing an FA Cup upset in their fourth round replay at Old Trafford were dashed after they were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United.

The U's had a great chance to open the scoring in the first minute when Tom Elliott was put through by Daley Blind's mistake, but he could only find the post.

Cambridge United players clap their fans at the end of the game. Credit: PA

They were made to pay for that miss in the end as the Premier League side took control.

Juan Mata opened the scoring midway through the first-half, and United added another shortly after through Marcos Rojo.

Substitute James Wilson put the game to bed in the second-half with a fine strike from outside the box.

United will now go on to play Preston North End in the fifth round.

C'mon you U's! Fans set off for the Theatre of Dreams

Cambridge United supporters are well on the way to Old Trafford for their FA Cup clash with Premier League giants Manchester United. Coaches and cars left the city earlier this afternoon. We caught up with some of the fans as they set-off from the Abbey Stadium for what promises to be a night to remember whatever the result.


Fans queue for Cambridge United's FA Cup replay with Manchester United tickets

Fans queue for tickets.

Tickets went on sale today for Cambridge United's FA Cup replay with Manchester United next week.

In the meantime, the U's returned to League Two action last night, drawing against strugglers Dagenham and Redbridge - Cameron McGeehan with the goal.

The U's have an initial allocation of around 5,000 tickets, which could rise to eight and a half thousand.

Council promises foster care investigation

There are calls for an investigation into claims Social Services in Norfolk wrongly removed vulnerable children from foster carers.

The calls come after the County Council branded inadequate in an Oftsed inspection two years ago - suspended a member of staff over allegations he removed a child from care without evidence of deliberate harm. The Norfolk Foster Carers' Association Carers claim there have been dozens of similar cases in the last four years. The council has promised a thorough investigation.

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