Stags fans urged to 'keep away from dangerous area'
CHAD.co.uk, 22 Feb2008
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MANSFIELD Town has issued an appeal for fans to stay away from a 'dangerous area' of land at the edge of Field Mill.
At home matches some fans, to avoid paying through the turnstiles, watch the game from land at the edge of the Bishop Street and Quarry Lane stands - behind the Oasis Health Club.
However, the club has recently discovered that it is responsible for the banking - and so the health and safety of anyone on it - rather than the Oasis club, as previously thought.
Now Stags' safety officer Les Norman is urging supporters to avoid the area - and climbing tress on the land - where he says they have been placing at risk of serious injury.
Mr Norman, who will be introducing security measures to keep the fans out of the area, told Mansfield radio station 1032.2: "They have to trespass through Oasis land to get there and then climb a 10ft wall.
"It is dangerous, the potential is there for serious injury.
"There is spiked metal railings and metal bars. And for those who climb the trees there is the added danger.
"Recently the flare at the end of the Middlesbrough game was also thrown from there.
"It is not about people not paying to watch the game; it is now my responsibility to keep people away from that area. It is very dangerous so stay away please."
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