Millwall FA Cup fan arrest in Daggers draw

Police presence was heightened and one man arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour at Saturday’s Dagenham and Redbridge FA Cup match against Millwall.

There were a significantly higher number of police officers than normal, both at grounds in Victoria Road, Dagenham, and around the borough, following ticket sales of around 4,000 for the match.

One resident reported seeing 18 police vans at the Heathway alone.

Police say a 20-year-old male Millwall fan was arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour as he left the club’s ground in Victoria Road, Dagenham.

A number of pubs in Dagenham shut in case trouble erupted, among them the Lord Denman pub in Heathway.

Jackie Potter, team leader at the Weatherspoons pub, said: “We heard that a number of pubs in the area were closing because the possibility of trouble between the fans and we didn’t want to be the only ones open, so we shut, especially as we’re a West Ham pub.

“Some of the customers said it was pretty rowdy and there were rumours of fights but I’m not sure if they happened.”

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Steve Thompson, managing director of Dagenham and Redbridge FC, said that apart from the one arrest the day went smoothly.

“Arrests are rare at our football club, so it’s a shame that happened but generally I thought things went well,” he said.

Prior to the match police had asked those without tickets to stay away from the ground and surrounding area.

The teams drew 0-0.