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Derby fans told not to drink in Nottingham city centre ahead of Forest clash

The City Ground Credit: SIMON BELLIS / LANDOV/Press Association Images

Derby County fans have been told not to drink in Nottingham city centre bars and pubs ahead of the local derby clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Friday night.

Nottinghamshire Police has issued the following statement:

The atmosphere on Friday night will be fantastic and we know that, as always, the vast majority of fan behaviour will be impeccable.

The game is a local derby and with that we fully expect there will be plenty of banter between the two sets of supporters, however we want to take this opportunity to warn people of the consequences of overstepping the line.

Our evidence gatherers will be on alert to record anyone looking to cause trouble but we will also be supporting the clubs to identify anyone who thinks it appropriate or acceptable to chant vile and distasteful songs to opposing fans.

Our officers will be at the game to help facilitate a good match day experience for all fans and to ensure everyone returns home safely.

We are confident the supporters of both sides will do their clubs proud on Friday night.

– Chief Superintendent Mark Holland

Nottinghamshire Police is urging Derby fans looking for somewhere to drink to instead use the Meadow Lane Sports Bar at Notts County's football ground.

The game kicks-off at 7:30pm.


Instagram photo shows Nottingham Forest owner with 'rifle and ram'

Mr Al-Hasawi poses with a ram Credit: Instagram/fawazalhasawi

A picture of Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi holding what appears to be a rifle, next to what looks like a ram has been posted on a social networking site.

In the Instagram photo, the Kuwaiti millionaire holds the gun in his right hand, and rests his left hand on the animal's horns.

The ram is the mascot and nickname of Forest's main rivals, Derby County.

Earlier that day, a picture was posted to Al-Hasawi's account showing him posing in sunglasses beside a dead stag.

ITV News Central contacted Mr Al-Hasawi for a comment.

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Police describe attempts to revive Hillsborough victim

Credit: Hillsborough Inquest

A jury's heard how police tried to revive a teenage victim of the Hillsborough disaster in the hope of getting a response.

Jill Brooke, a PC in 1989, tried to help a colleague giving artificial respiration to Colin Wafer on the pitch but somebody announced he was dead.

We are not medical people so we have to keep working as long as we can in the hope that we are going to get some response.

– Jill Brooke

Mrs Brooke said the 19 year old bank clerk did not appear to show any signs of life during her time with him.

The inquest into his death heard that Colin had gone to the match alone on a coach from Liverpool. His body was identified by his brother in the early hours of the following morning.

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