Boleyn Ground under police protection

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 9th August 2011

Supporters intending to visit West Ham's Boleyn Ground today are advised to re-arrange their trip.

On the advice of police, the club have now closed the ground - which is currently being protected by officers - to visitors for the day as a result of escalating problems in and around Green Street.

Having been forced to postpone tonight's planned Carling Cup tie with Aldershot, the club were forced to comply with police requests this afternoon following sporadic outbursts of trouble in and around the ground.

At least one pitched battle is understood to have been fought between Green Street market traders and rioters intent on breaking into a local jewellers this morning.

Trouble has also erupted in other boroughs close to the ground, including Dagenham and Romford - whilst shopping centres as far away as Basildon in Essex have advised their tenants to shut shop early.

Police are also understood to have intercepted a train packed with youths bound for the Lakeside Shopping Centre at Thurrock this morning.

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