Fans thanked for their behaviour during World Cup semi-final

Issued on 12/7/18 at 12:58 p.m.

Despite suffering World Cup heartbreak, England fans in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been thanked for their behaviour in what was a busy night for the force.

While there was some isolated disruption and pockets of minor disorder reported during England’s 2-1 defeat to Croatia, the majority of supporters celebrated – and commiserated – sensibly throughout the evening.

However, as was the case on Saturday (7 July), the force received a high number of 999 calls.

In 24 hours, 445 calls were made – 183 of which were between 8pm and midnight. Officers made three football-related arrests for assault, common assault and affray.

Officers remained on duty across the force area throughout the night, working to keep communities safe while also planning for the upcoming third-place playoff game.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Masters said: “We were expecting and prepared for another busy night tonight. Additional policing resources were made available to handle the increased emergency and non-emergency calls and subsequent responses across the force area.

“On behalf of Leicestershire Police, I want to thank the majority of fans who were out supporting England and kept their celebrations and commiserations sensible creating a night for everyone across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to enjoy – even with the final score. We are pleased with how the majority of fans reacted throughout the evening and hope this continues on Saturday.

“We move on with developing plans for the playoff game when we hope we can celebrate a third place, and that again these celebrations remain sensible with due respect for everyone else.”

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