High-profile police operation for Black Country derby

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Police say they have been carrying out a high-profile operation for the first Premier League Black Country derby.

West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Hawthorns in a midday kick-off.

Potential troublemakers were warned not to use the game as an excuse for causing problems.

West Midlands Police said there was a high-profile police presence inside and outside the ground and they had been working with both clubs.

'Enjoyable day'

All Midland Metro tram services were suspended for an hour on Sunday afternoon after damage was caused to the door of a tram carrying football fans and police at Blacklake station.

Police, who were travelling with the tram and a following one en route to the ground, escorted football fans away from from the area, Bryan Bannister from National Express said.

The suspension was at the request of British Transport Police and services were restarted after a full safety check of the area, Mr Bannister added.

Before the game, Supt Manjit Thandi, who is heading the police operation, said: "We expect the majority of fans will relish the occasion in the best tradition of these two clubs, but we are prepared to deal with the minority who may see it as an opportunity to cause trouble.

"Our message to this minority is that we have always taken a robust stance against football disorder to ensure that genuine supporters have an enjoyable day and residents of West Bromwich experience the minimum of disruption.

"Any anti-social behaviour or public disorder will not be tolerated.

"We aim to prevent the minority who might cause trouble from spoiling things for the majority of law-abiding fans."

Wolves took a first half lead through Jamie O'Hara but West Brom's Carlos Vela scored an equaliser in injury time.

It was the first time the two local rivals had met in the top division since the 1983-84 season.

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