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DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION 'IGNORES CROWD DISASTER FEARS'

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Councillors, safety officials and police yesterday warned that access to Middlesbrough FC's new Riverside Stadium p...
Councillors, safety officials and police yesterday warned that access to Middlesbrough FC's new Riverside Stadium poses an 'appalling safety risk' and is a disaster waiting to happen, reports The Northern Echo (p1)

Fears are growing that football supporters on their way to matches could be crushed under narrow subways, on a railway line, and by buses and cars.

The chair of Middlesbrough BC's transport committee, Ken Hall, has accused the Teesdale Development Corporation - which owns that land the stadium is built on and makes planning decisions on it - of not caring 'a damn about the safety of the public.'

Cllr Hall has called for a series of urgent safety measures before a decisive game with Manchester United on 5 May which will attract a capacity crowd.
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