Extra security is laid on for big Fax game

Attack victim: David Singer
Attack victim: David Singer

EXTRA security measures will be in place again when Fax play Featherstone this weekend after an attack on a Halifax rugby fan.

Fax fans will be stewarded from their coaches to the Featherstone Rovers stadium at Post Office Road and back again after the game on Sunday.

Neil Arber, who organises the club’s coach travel, said the move is a bid to reassure fans following the assault on David Singer when Fax played Featherstone at the Co-operative Championship Grand Final in Warrington in September.

He said there had also been some trouble at past Featherstone games against other teams. “A lot of people have had reservations about travelling to the game,” he said. “We’re trying to reassure people.”

Mr Singer, from Savile Park in Halifax, suffered serious head injuries during the attack and is still receiving hospital treatment.

Despite an extensive police investigation resulting in the arrests of four people, nobody has been charged with the assault.

This is the second time Fax have played Featherstone since the attack. Last time, when Fax played at home, bosses at The Shay decided to separate the supporters, who would usually be together.

Police are keen to hear from anyone with information about the assault. They say at least two coaches drove past while it was happening, potentially carrying over 100 people who may have seen something that could help with their investigation.

Anyone who can help should call Cheshire Police on 0845 4580000 or CrimeStoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.