No police probe into letters sent to Pool fans

Police will not investigate a letter threatening legal action against up to 12 Blackpool FC fans.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 11:25 am
Updated Thursday, 19th May 2016, 12:27 pm
Blackpool fans stage a protest and pitch invasion against the running of the club by owner Owen Oyston. The match was later abandoned

A spokeswoman for the force said a complaint had been received about the letters, sent out in connection with a pitch invasion last May, but said ‘it’s a civil matter’ and not criminal.

Around 150 fans poured on to the Bloomfield Road pitch on May 2, at the end of the disastrous Championship relegation season, causing the game against Huddersfield Town to be abandoned.

The club was fined £50,000 by the FA, which said it had failed to use due diligence, and that there were serious inadequacies in the planning for the protest, given there was strong intelligence some fans might encroach upon the pitch.

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Now, 12 months on, it is believed up to 12 fans are being warned by the club’s solicitor that, to avoid any legal action, they should get together with the club and put forward financial offers of recompense to avoid expensive court action.

The club’s owners have already engaged in court proceedings against some fans who they say have libelled them.

The move has angered supporters’ groups, who described the latest threat as alarming and which could make the plight the club is facing worse.

A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said: “It’s a civil matter. we are not investigating it for that reason.”