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ACC Steve Cooper: World Cup policing update

July 11, 2018
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ACC Steve Cooper, who led the policing operation for England’s World Cup semi-final defeat gives an update following tonight’s game.

He said: “Yet again we have seen hundreds of people in venues across Nottinghamshire, mostly out to watch the football with family and friends.

“While the night is still young, I have been really pleased to see people enjoying the evening – obviously except for the final result – engaging with my officers who have been patrolling across the city and county, without excess.

“So far, we have made two arrests for domestic abuse-related offences, but the levels of criminal damage, disorder and antisocial behaviour that we saw on the weekend have not been repeated.

“People have been really cooperative and patient while we closed a number of roads in the city centre to move on the crowds of people leaving Nottingham Castle and have made their way under instruction of uniformed colleagues.

“In policing we often have to make difficult decisions, juggling demand and trying to ensure our limited resources are there when people need them.

“While tonight’s result is disappointing for all those supporting the England team, I think we all feel proud and recognise their achievements have surpassed expectation. I also want to acknowledge and thank the efforts of my own team, those officers and staff who have been working tonight to keep the people of Nottinghamshire safe, some of whom we had to make the difficult decision of calling back into work, cancelling rest days where they may have planned to watch the game themselves with their families.

“And while many make their way home following England’s World Cup exit, we will be continuing to work throughout the night, for those who need us.”

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