fans-tastic

Po­lice praise for fans as Peter­bor­ough goes Eng­land crazy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page -

PO­LICE have praised the be­hav­iour of thou­sands of fans who turned Peter­borugh red and white dur­ing Eng­land’s big World Cup game on Satur­day.

Dozens of packed pubs, clubs and bars showed the game on big screens, but po­lice – who had promised to crack­down on yob­bish be­hav­iour – say it passed rel­a­tively trou­ble-free.

It has also been re­vealed a Posh fan with a his­tory of racist vi­o­lence was re­fused en­try to South Africa where he had gone to watch the World Cup.

PO­LICE were called to just 14 World Cup re­lated of­fences as the first Eng­land game passed rel­a­tively trou­ble free in Peter­bor­ough.

Hooli­gans had been warned they could be hit with Foot­ball Ban­ning Or­ders if they were caught mis­be­hav­ing or caus­ing trou­ble dur­ing the World Cup 2010 tour­na­ment.

But

In­spec­tor

Michael John­son said that de­spite Satur­day be­ing an ex­cep­tion­ally busy evening, of­fi­cers were only called to 14 foot­ball re­lated in­ci­dents.

He said: “It was an ex­cep­tion­ally busy night but there were only 14 in­ci­dents across the city that could be at­trib­uted to hav­ing any­thing to do with the World Cup, which is re­ally pos­i­tive.

“The high pro­file polic­ing clearly had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on re­as­sur­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic that we were about, but ev­ery­one still en­joyed them­selves.”

Six ex­tra po­lice of­fi­cers and a sergeant are be­ing put on the beat on the streets of the city dur­ing ev­ery game fea­tur­ing Eng­land dur­ing the World Cup.

These are also backed up by a team of 60 of­fi­cers sta­tioned across Cam­bridgeshire who will be ready to pounce if any trou­ble flares up.

The po­lice fo­cus on the World Cup comes af­ter a surge in vi­o­lent crime and pub­lic or­der of­fences dur­ing the 2006 tour­na­ment.

From June 9 to July 9 in 2006, there were 1,158 of­fences in the county, com­pared to 1,047 for the same pe­riod in 2005 and 1,105 in 2007.

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