Cathe­dral wor­ship­pers to say a lit­tle prayer

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

ENG­LAND could gain the ad­van­tage over fierce ri­vals Ger­many in Sun­day’s World Cup clash with help from a higher source.

With the hopes of a nation rest­ing on a per­for­mance from Wayne Rooney, John Terry and cap­tain Steven Ger­rard, Fabio Capello’s men need all the help they can get for a win.

So, to give them a hand, Dean of Peter­bor­ough The Very Rev Charles Tay­lor has said he is ex­pect­ing plenty of cathe­dral wor­ship­pers to be ask­ing for a di­vine in­ter­ven­tion be­fore the match.

When asked if he him­self would be pray­ing for Eng­land suc­cess, he gave a wry smile and said: “With a con­gre­ga­tion as eth­ni­cally di­verse as ours we could never de­cide which team to sup­port and pray for.”

Mayor of Peter­bor­ough Councillor Keith Sharp said that al­though civic du­ties meant he would not be able to watch the game, he would be think­ing of the team.

He said: “I will be at the yearly re­mem­brance ser­vice at the cre­ma­to­rium on Sun­day and it is an im­por­tant day. But I will be think­ing of the lads as well. I think Eng­land will win by one goal on Sun­day.”

To en­sure that fans en­joy the match peace­fully, a large po­lice pres­ence will pa­trol the city’s streets.

A Cam­bridgeshire po­lice spokesper­son said: “There will be ex­tra po­lice in Peter­bor­ough city cen­tre this week­end to en­sure foot­ball fans en­joy an in­ci­dent-free match. We are work­ing with pubs to make sure peo­ple do not drink too much al­co­hol and of­fi­cers will take ac­tion to nip po­ten­tial prob­lems in the bud. If of­fi­cers be­lieve some­one could com­mit crime or cause dis­or­der, they could use or­ders un­der Sec­tion 27 of the Vi­o­lent Crime Re­duc­tion Act to re­move peo­ple from an area for 48 hours.”

Af­ter Eng­land beat Slove­nia on Wed­nes­day, am­bu­lance staff saw an up­surge in drink-re­lated calls and they are ex­pect­ing a sim­i­lar num­ber this week­end.

A spokesper­son for East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice urged peo­ple to only phone 999 for se­ri­ous or life threat­en­ing in­juries and to visit walk-in med­i­cal cen­tres for other prob­lems.

She said: “Our con­trol room ex­pe­ri­enced a spike in 999 calls on Wed­nes­day evening fol­low­ing the Eng­land game. “Be­tween 10 and 11pm, we re­ceived a 127 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of calls and a 73 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of ac­tual re­sponses we made to peo­ple ask­ing for med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

“Based on past ex­pe­ri­ence, we plan for events such as this by in­creas­ing staffing in our call cen­tres and our ve­hi­cle crews.”

Many fans are ex­pected to watch the game in pubs and Paul Gil­bert, bar­man at Sol­stice bar, in North­min­ster, Peter­bor­ough, said: “We are ex­pect­ing it to be much busier than the group stages. All the bar staff will be on and prob­a­bly a few more will be drafted in.”

But while many pubs and bars are ex­pect­ing a surge in busi­ness at kick off time, foot­fall at Peter­bor­ough’s largest shop­ping cen­tre is likely to be much qui­eter than nor­mal.

Roger Hutchings, Queens­gate Cen­tre di­rec­tor said: “I am sure that we will not be as busy as nor­mal, but we will be open. Not ev­ery­one watches the foot­ball and we have to cater for ev­ery­one.

“But I am sure there will be a few crowds round the win­dows at some of the elec­tri­cal goods stores.”

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