Top Police Superintendent caught on CCTV at Bournemouth Pitch invasion

Compilation of fans from Supt Sarah Derbyshire and AFC Bournemouth

Supt Sarah Derbyshire is said to be one of the thousands of football fans who invaded the pitch after Bournemouth’s win (Image: Getty/DorsetView.co.uk/Reuters)

A top copper was caught storming a football pitch after Bournemouth secured promotion to the Premier League, it has been claimed.

Supt Sarah Derbyshire, 49, was one of three off-duty Dorset Police officers reportedly celebrating on the lawn on May 3 after her club beat Nottingham Forest 1-0.

CCTV footage shows thousands of fans flooding the ground after the final whistle as smoke bombs and red flares were fired.

It was the first of several similar incidents across the country that resulted in players being “attacked”.

As officers viewed clips of the pitch invasion, they are said to have “had the shock of their lives” when they spotted three familiar faces.

A source told the Sun: “There were a few other officers in the force who got carried away and ran onto the pitch to jump up and down with the crowd.

“None of the officers caused any trouble and it was all good-natured. But the law is the law and obviously they of all people should have realized that what they were doing was illegal.”

Another source described Supt Derbyshire as a “die-hard cherry” like the rest of her family.

“Sarah is well respected within the force and has had a very good career, much of it as a detective dealing with serious crimes,” they added.

“She’s real but still only human and the emotions of winning Bournemouth clearly got to her.”

Two football fans have been charged with a similar pitch invasion following Manchester City’s Premier League win over Aston Villa on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium.

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Supt Derbyshire is believed to have been one of three officers on the pitch that night (Image: Getty)

Fans celebrate with Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly

Fans celebrated with Bournemouth’s Lloyd Kelly after winning the promotion (Image: PA)

Thousands of people stormed the square after the final whistle

Thousands of people stormed the pitch after the final whistle (Image: Reuters)

Under the Football Offenses Act 1991, trespassing on the pitch is a criminal offense in England and Wales and can result in criminal charges, fines or even imprisonment.

Dorset Police confirmed three officers were involved in the pitch invasion and have since been asked to consider their involvement, but have declined to confirm their identities.

“An internal report was subsequently made to the Armed Forces Professional Standards Department which found that off-duty Dorset police officers were involved in the pitch invasion,” a police spokesman said.

“Three police officers have been identified and asked to consider their involvement.

“A message was issued internally after the game reminding all officers and staff of the high standards of behavior expected of them both on and off the job and reiterating that no matter how exciting it is for their team is to win promotion to the Premier League is repeated. They must not be involved in pitch invasions.’

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