Police praise for fans as Peterborough goes England crazy
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.
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.