Shrimps fans behaviour praised by police

FANS of Morecambe Football Club have been praised by police for their exemplary behaviour during the football season.

The Shrimps played their last match last Saturday. Throughout the season, fans at home and away matches have been monitored by PC Will Nelson, a football intelligence officer who works closely with the club to ensure the safety of those attending matches.

PC Nelson, who has worked alongside Morecambe FC for the past two years, said: “Football fans are often in the press for the wrong reasons. However, I have nothing but praise for the Shrimps fans.

“I’ve followed them all over the country and have consistently received positive feedback on them from other forces and from stadium staff.

“The behaviour of the Morecambe fans was exemplary,” said PC Nelson. “I had phone calls from Northampton fans saying how welcoming all the Morecambe fans were.”

PC Nelson, a Tottenham fan, added: “Despite giving me some stick for supporting Spurs, the Morecambe fans have always been courteous towards me and I’d go as far as saying that Morecambe are now my second favourite team.

“They should be proud of themselves and they are excellent ambassadors for their club and for football fans in general.”

Morecambe FC Chief Executive Rod Taylor said: “We welcome the input of PC Nelson and Lancashire Constabulary throughout the season and thank them once again for the close co-operation we have enjoyed. I would endorse what PC Nelson says about our fans – both home and away they display outstanding behaviour. The great family atmosphere that they have helped to create is a credit to the football club. Long may it continue.”