§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made inside the football grounds of(a) Newcastle United, (b) Sunderland, (c) Hartlepool, (d) Middlesbrough and (e) Darlington football clubs during 1988.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The information relates to all games played at home by the first teams of the football clubs concerned during 1988:
Club Arrests Newcastle United 149 Sunderland 39 Middlesbrough 85 Darlington 2
Information is not available in the same form for Hartlepool where there were 21 arrests at league matches during the 1987–88 season. The figures do not distinguish between arrests made inside the ground and arrests directly connected with those matches made outside the ground. The total of 21 arrests corrects the figure of 12 previously understated in a return from the police to the Association of Chief Police Officers and given on 19 December in a reply to the hon. Member for Derbyshire, North-East (Mr. Barnes) at columns 55–60.