'Low-key' police keep an eye on Exeter City Plymouth Argyle derby
POLICE are expected to take a "low-key" approach to this weekend's derby between Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle.
Officers say they intend to provide a "discreet" level of policing at the League Two match, which kicks off at St James's Park at 12pm on Saturday.
However, police horses have been drafted in from South Wales to provide additional support.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Chris Singer told the Echo: "I've got the background of resources available to me if we need them.
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"It's going to be relatively low-key and we're concentrating on what is going to be a fantastic game.
"We want to make sure people can come Christmas shopping in the city centre and enjoy the Christmas market without any fear of being over-shadowed by something happening elsewhere.
"We have got police horses coming down from South Wales and they will be in the city centre and outside the stadium.
"The benefit of the horses is that because they are high up, the officers can see what is happening. They provide me with a number of different things."
He added: "The level of policing will be discreet.
"Our key aim is to make sure we support the club in delivering a safe game.
"We always monitor intelligence carefully and the consequences of that is that I will make sure I have resources available to me." Saturday's game will be the first league clash between the Grecians and Argyle in a year-and-a-half.
Julian Tagg, vice-chairman and chief executive of Exeter City, said the club were not anticipating any trouble at the match.
"The last three games between the two clubs have gone off without incident," he said.
"This game will be policed in a very friendly way.
"There is always a lot of rivalry between the two clubs but we are expecting it to be a friendly atmosphere. Relations have improved between the two sides over the last few years.
"All the clubs make a conscious effort to work together for the benefit of football in the South West."