Humberside

Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United fans face police searches

Blundell Park ground
Image caption The FA Cup first round match at Grimsby Town's Blundell Park ground is expected to be a sell-out

Football fans heading to the FA Cup match between Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United at the weekend face being searched, police have said.

Humberside Police said most fans were likely to be searched before entry to ensure no illegal objects are taken into the ground on Saturday.

The first round game at Grimsby's Blundell Park kicks off at 13:00 GMT.

A sell-out crowd of just over 8,000 is expected as the local rivals meet for the first time in five years.

Supt Dave Hall said anyone found in possession of an illegal object inside Blundell Park during the match could face prosecution and that anyone "intent on causing trouble will be dealt with in a robust manner".

He added that anyone who wanted to hand items to police before the match could do so with "no further questions asked".

A police spokesman added that due to limited parking around Blundell Park and road works near the ground, fans were asked to set off in plenty of time for the match as delays were likely.

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