Lincoln City fans top number of arrests in National League

Lincoln City had the highest amount of football related arrests in the Vanarama National League last season.

City made up 21% of the arrests carried out in the division last season with 22 Imps fans being arrested out of the total 103 arrests made in the league overall.

Most of the Imps fans arrests came at Sincil Bank last season. Photo: Tom Farmery

Most of the Imps fans arrests came at Sincil Bank last season. Photo: Tom Farmery

An FOI request also found that 20 of these incidents occurred when City played at home, with only two arrests being made when they travelled away from Sincil Bank.

Furthermore, 19 of the arrests were made due to public disorder offences. This type of offence is often referred to as threatening behaviour, intending to cause someone fear or to provoke violence.

One arrest was made because of a fan running onto the pitch, while two City fans were arrested for breaching their banning orders.

As a matter of fact, Lincoln City has the highest number of football banning orders in the National League. Thirty-six fans are barred from attending City matches (as of the 8th September 2015).

However, on a more positive note, football related arrests in the National League decreased by 19% last season from the 2013/14 season.

The football hooliganism appears to have continued in Lincoln this season. In early September, police were called after violence caused chaos on Lincoln High Street, following City’s match against Boreham Wood, bringing traffic to a standstill.