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Police deal swiftly with sporadic violence in Cambridge after England's World Cup exit

By Adrian Curtis

England manager Gareth Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate

Alcohol-related incidents were sparked by England's World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia

England's World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia saw hundreds of police involved in maintaining order across the county as disappointed fans were caught up in sporadic incidents of fighting and anti-social behaviour.

Officers had to attend the Regal pub in St Andrew's Street, one of the biggest in the city, to protect fans from spilling out into the road with little regard for their own well being or the safety of others.

A large police presence across the region meant that most people left bars in the city centre without problems but the force did acknowledge there had been a number of alcohol-related incidents.

Fans were left disappointed after Croatia fought back from a goal down to win 2-1 after extra time and wreck England's hopes of a place in the final for the first time since winning the trophy in 1966.

A spokesperson for the Cambridgeshire police said:"There was a large police presence to maintain order as thousands of people left licensed premises in the city centre. Generally, behaviour was good, but there was some alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

"The Regal was just one location where there were large numbers of fans that for a while took some firm policing to best ensure their safety as they had descended into the road with little regard for their own or for wider road safety.

"Some of the other incidents that all came in at a similar time, and were of a similar nature included:

* Fighting at The Hereward in Market Street, Ely involving 10 people.

* A similar number fighting at the sports and social club in Townsend Road in Wittering

* Large numbers of people kicking off at The Prince Regent in Regent Street, Cambridge, where there were in excess of 300 people in the pub

* A large fight at O'Neills in Broadway, Peterborough

* Door staff faced problems caused by fans at The College Arms in Broadway, Peterborough

* Large numbers of fans coming out of The Regal in St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, and going into the road with little regard for their own or for wider road safety

"These are just a few examples which highlight the same sort of issues. They were the sort of issues that we were expecting and that had been seen across the country as a consequence of the football."

England now meet Belgium in the third-place play-off match on Saturday.


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