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BAN THREAT TO FOOTBALL YOBS

FOOTBALL yobs arrested in Bedford during Euro 2000 face a ban from the town centre for the rest of the tournament.

FOOTBALL yobs arrested in Bedford during Euro 2000 face a ban from the town centre for the rest of the tournament.FOOTBALL yobs arrested in Bedford during Euro 2000 face a ban from the town centre for the rest of the tournament. Police have made arrangements with magistrates for anyone arrested for a football-related offence to be dealt with the next day.

According to senior officers the approach will be one of allowing people to celebrate peacefully while making sure no celebrations get out of hand or dangerous .

There will be extra officers on duty when England and Italy play, including an evidence gathering team armed with cameras to help identify any offenders not caught on the night. CCTV will also be used.

Licensing officers have been visiting town centre pubs and clubs where fans watch games to ensure there will be no access to bottles and cans which could be used as missiles.

Police are speaking to local authorities to ensure street furniture like benches, bins and railing are secure and the alcohol ban bylaw will be enforced.

Bedford has hit the headlines on numerous occasions for its football violence, particularly during the 1990 World Cup when there was a riot in St Paul s Square and policeman was attacked.

There was also trouble after England games inEuro 96 and several arrests during the World Cup in 1998.

Divisional commander of Bedford, Chief Supt Steve Battle, said: We don t expect there to be trouble, but we are prepared for it. We were pleased that during the World Cup, despite the huge numbers of people around in the town centre, the only casualties were two broken windows.

Most people came out and had a great time celebrating and we hope the approach we adopted then will work similarly this tournament.

Police in fact hope that the celebrations in Bedford will be as good-natured as the one pictured here.

 
 
 

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