Chesterfield Borough Council says it will do everything it can to ensure anti-social behaviour plays no part at events in the town – following reports of people fighting at a cricket match.
The T20 match between Derbyshire and Yorkshire on Saturday, July 28 at Queen’s Park in Chesterfield was sold out for a second year in a row.
Overall, the cricket festival was a success but there were some reports of ‘unacceptable behaviour’.
Paul Brough, 51, said he was ‘upset’ at what he saw at the match. “I counted three separate incidents where the ambulance had to attend to people injured while fighting,” he said. “One young man was seriously hurt from being kicked in the head from several other men. It was more like a riot out of control.”
Councillor Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy said: “There were some incidences of unacceptable behaviour at Saturday’s T20 Blast derby against Yorkshire. These will be discussed as part of our annual festival debrief and our event safety plans for the 2019 festival updated to reflect any lessons learned. Please be assured that we take the safety of people attending events in our parks very seriously.”
EMAS said one person was taken to hospital after being assaulted near Queen’s Park Sports Centre just before 5.30pm.
A Derbyshire police spokesperson said they were not called out to any incidents but officers were on patrol.