Derby boss Frank Lampard had to halt training while police were called to stop a suspect spying on training.

It came on the eve of Derby’s trip to Leeds in Friday’s Championship promotion showdown.

Police came to the training ground, and even went onto the pitch before a man with pliers and binoculars was questioned by a fence.

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The man was later released after being questioned but Derby police put out a tweet from the Response Unit.

It read: “Officers have just attended the Training Ground for @dcfcofficial after a suspicious male was seen at the perimeter fence.



Derby County’s Frank Lampard gestures on the touchline during the match with Southampton

“Excellent searching conducted & male was located. All checks above board!

“Keeping the team safe to bring home a win against #LUFC on 11th! #SpyingIsCheating.”

Both clubs have been performing well in the Championship this season, with Leeds top and Derby inside the play-off places in sixth.

The Rams are eight points behind the league leaders heading into Friday’s tie, with Leeds looking for their first win in four games.

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