AN amnesty on flares and smoke grenades will be held by North Yorkshire Police this weekend.

Football liaison officers will be at Bootham Crescent on Saturday, collecting pyrotechnic devices ahead of the match against Sheffield Wednesday.

Sergeant Colin Sutherland said: “We’ve noticed discussion on social media about the difference between a smoke grenade and a flare or firework.

"The general view of supporters appears to be that smoke grenades are a ‘bit of fun’ whereas there is a general acceptance that the use of flares in a stadium environment is dangerous. However, smoke grenades can also be dangerous and to set them off in a public place is illegal.”