‘Breach of the peace’ risk behind Irish League bus stop

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Police have confirmed a ‘breach of the peace’ risk behind the decision to stop a bus heading to yesterday’s Danske Bank Premiership match between Cliftonville and Portadown.

It is understood a bus hired independent of any official Portadown supporters’ club was tracked by the PSNI from the town and stopped in Belfast.

The supporters’ clubs affiliated to Portadown received the traditional police escort towards Cliftonville’s Solitude ground.

A statement confirmed a bus was stopped in north Belfast and police “spoke to its occupants following concerns about the risk of breach of the peace”.

There was a post-match incident following August’s Irish League game at Shamrock Park between Portadown and Cliftonville, with police stepping in to prevent a clash on the Armagh Road.