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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 05:29 GMT 06:29 UK
Promotion sparks yobs crackdown
Argyle fans in celebratory mood
Police expect big crowds following Plymouth's promotion
Officers are to be drawn from across Devon and Cornwall to police some of Plymouth Argyle's football matches in this coming season.

There are also plans to use mounted officers from Bristol and South Wales.

The police say Plymouth Argyle can now expect 20,000 fans to attend home games following the club's promotion to the Coca-Cola Championship.

They say they are working with football intelligence units around the country to identify trouble-makers.

Officers say they are aware some fans will travel to Devon days before the matches and plan to increase policing to prevent violence before, during and after matches.

Torquay United is also increasing security following its promotion to League One.

The south Devon club is cracking down on people standing in the gangways and on steps and will take tops off bottles sold at kiosks to ensure they cannot be used as missiles.




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"The operation will also benefit national football."



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