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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Everton officials are requesting supporters travelling to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon to arrive earlier than usual due to searching procedures that will be undertaken on entry to the stadium.
St James' Park is a venue for next summer's Olympics and there is a requirement from LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to carry out a number of test events to trial their search capability prior to the start of the games.
It means all of the visiting Everton supporters will be searched at each of the six away turnstiles (numbers 89-94), to the standard required for the Olympic football events at St James' Park in 2012.
This will include a meet and greet away from the turnstiles where supporters will be required to empty their possessions into a A4 sized plastic bag prior to a full search at the turnstiles.
Bag searches will ushered to one side to prevent any backlog and travelling female Evertonians will be channelled into a separate lane.
There will be crowd control barriers under the crowd corridor to direct supporters to the search area and additional signage will be in place.
There will be two search stewards for each turnstile in addition to the stewards at the meet and greet area explaining the search procedure prior to fans entering the stadium.
Amnesty bins for alcohol will be provided away from the turnstiles to allow supporters to dispose of any cans or bottles. Persons found with prohibited articles (drugs, weapons, fireworks etc) will be liable to arrest.
Please note the home supporters entering the turnstiles adjoining the away entry gates are also being subjected to search.

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