West Ham and security at the Olympic Stadium [1]

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4401
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to Question No: 2016/3935 'West Ham and the Olympic Stadium'

'Are you satisfied about the policing and security arrangements for West Ham home games at the Olympic Stadium?'

Your response being:

'The vast majority of fans who have been to the Stadium in the past few months have behaved impeccably. Sadly a very small minority have not, but they have been dealt with through life time bans and, where appropriate, arrests.

The last few games have passed without incident inside the Stadium and the LLDC will continue to work with the MPS, the stadium operator LS185, West Ham United and the London Borough of Newham to provide all spectators with the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.

I am confident that the MPS has a proportionate policing plan in place, to ensure they meet their core policing responsibilities. The police operation is complimentary to that of the stadium operators, and other partners and the policing plan is based upon an assessment of threat, risk and harm, and is consistent with national grading of the threat of crime and disorder associated with football matches.

I am pleased that on 8th August 2016, West Ham agreed to install a suitable Airwave radio system which, once installed, will enable police deployments within the stadium.'

And further to Question No: 2016/3914 'Security and safety at the Olympic Stadium'

'Chris Allison, a former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, has been appointed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) after violent scenes at West Ham football matches to help with security. Is his pay being reimbursed by West Ham United FC or does it fall on the LLDC and thus the taxpayer to meet?'

your  response being:

'As the owners of London Stadium, E20 Stadium LLP, a joint venture between LLDC and Newham Council, are responsible for security arrangements at the venue and, therefore, meeting the costs of Chris Allison's short term consultancy work.

The safety and security of spectators at all events held at the Stadium is paramount and the venue's unrivalled ability to host a wide range of different events can pose particular challenges.

Chris Allison is a highly experienced former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner with unrivalled expertise in major event and football policing, and familiar with the Stadium from his work as the London 2012 National Olympic Security Coordinator and security advisor to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. His expertise will be invaluable in helping ensure that all events at the Stadium pass off safely.'

As violent incidents have continued  to occur, not  the least between Chelsea and West Ham supporters during the clubs' EFL Cup derby , requiring  riot police to intervene as fans scuffled inside and outside the 80,000-seater stadium, with shocked residents of nearby flats describing the scene outside the ground as a "bomb site" and witnesses reporting  fights and missiles being hurled between rival supporters at the final whistle, are you still apparently satisfied with security arrangements inside and near the stadium; and if not what do you propose to do about it?

Answer

Answer for West Ham and security at the Olympic Stadium [1]

Answer for West Ham and security at the Olympic Stadium [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All the Stadium partners are working extremely hard to deliver a safe and secure Stadium but Stadiums do not throw seats or bottles or coins. The blame for poor behaviour rests fairly and squarely on that small minority of people who are intent on causing violence. The Stadium has hosted Rugby World Cup, Rugby League, Athletics events and concerts with no arrests or disorder.

LS185 and West Ham United have made a number of changes over the last few games including increasing the segregation line, relocating supporters and pursuing bans of around 200 individuals identified as being involved in disorder.  

The Stadium employs a number of highly experienced staff to manage safety and security and in addition E20 have appointed Chris Allison to provide strategic security advice.

In 11 matches there have been 18 arrests both in and around the Stadium, this compares to 14 arrests in the recent Aston Villa v Birmingham and 18 arrests at the recent Rangers v Celtic tie. In and around the stadium

0 arrests WHU v Stoke

7 arrests WHU v Chelsea

1 arrests WHU v Sunderland

5 arrests WHU v Middlesbrough

1 arrests WHU v Accrington Stanley

0 arrests WHU v Southampton

0 arrests WHU v Watford

3 arrests WHU v Bournemouth

0 arrests WHU v NK Domzale

0 arrests WHU v Juventus

1 arrests WHU v Astra Giurgiu