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West Ham and Met police announce increased measures to avoid violence at Chelsea derby

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:  Spectators walk to the stadium before the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at the Olympic Stadium
Image: There have already been nine arrests outside the London Stadium this season

West Ham have ramped up their security measures for the EFL Cup derby against Chelsea at the London Stadium on Wednesday.

Fans will face body searches at the turnstiles, tightened alcohol restrictions, post-match segregation and a "robust policing plan" as part of measures aimed to minimise crowd trouble between the bitter rivals.

Chelsea have been allocated just under 5,200 tickets for the fourth-round tie on their first visit to the Hammers' new home - a fixture considered high-risk by the Metropolitan police.

There has already been violence involving West Ham supporters outside their new stadium at Stratford following the recent Premier League games against Watford and Middlesbrough.

Nine arrests have been made outside the ground since the beginning of the season, while West Ham have issued 23 banning orders for offences ranging from drinking in view of the pitch to breaking the line of segregation.

The Met say a "tactical solution" is now set for future games which will see officers deployed inside the ground if needed, despite the lack of a fully-operational Airwave radio system, which is used by the emergency services and will not be in place until February 2017.

Dimitri Payet (C) scores for West Ham
Image: West Ham host Chelsea in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday

West Ham issued further information for supporters attending the cup tie on their website, encouraging them to arrive early for "enhanced body searching" at the turnstiles.

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Ticket sales for home fans have been limited to supporters with a recorded purchase history at West Ham, while no alcohol will be sold pre-match from mobile bars outside the stadium. Those inside will be open as normal but will serve drinks in plastic cups, and there will be no post-match sales.

* TfL and the Met Police advise that away supporters can use both Pudding Mill Lane and Stratford stations before and after the game on Wednesday night.

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