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CCTV issued after criminal damage to taxi

July 9, 2018
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We’d like to speak to these men in connection with criminal damage to a taxi in Old Market Square, Nottingham, on Saturday (July 7, 2018).

It was one of a small number of incidents which happened in the city following England’s World Cup quarter-final win over Sweden.

Inspector Phil Grimwade said: "The weekend was an extremely busy time for Nottinghamshire Police, with officers deployed across the city and county.

"There was a significant increase in the number of people coming into the city to watch England in their World Cup match and officers were patrolling the area as part of ongoing duties.

"After the game concluded, hundreds of people left the venues where they had watched it at the same time, blocking roads and causing difficulty for traffic and access around Old Market Square.

"The majority of people were well behaved, which the Force appreciates, but there were a small number of incidents, to which officers were there within minutes, including damage caused to a taxi in Old Market Square.

"A 27-year-old man handed himself in and was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. He has been released on conditional bail.

"We’re now appealing to the public to help us identify three other men who we’d like to speak to in connection with the incident.

"We appreciate the CCTV images are not of the best quality but we’re hoping someone might be able to recognise them. Someone out there will know who they are.

"If anyone has any information which could help us with our enquiries please call Nottinghamshire Police quoting incident number 657 of 7 July or crime number 18000317956 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Nottinghamshire police is putting plans in place ahead of England’s World Cup semi-final match against Croatia on Wednesday night (11 July 2018).

There will be an increased police presence in the city and the Force is also discussing other tactics with partners, aimed at deterring and minimising disorder, and liaising with licensed premises across the city and county.

One of the options will be for police to apply for football banning orders which a person could get if they’re watching football on a television at a public showing, such as a pub, and who then become embroiled in any form of anti-social or violent behaviour.

A banning order could prevent that person attending any regulated football match for a period of at least three years and it could also restrict their ability to go on holiday abroad.

Anyone made subject of a football banning order would be required to hand in their passport, unless they have an exemption.

They would not be allowed to travel to England matches in this country or even travel overseas when England are playing abroad.

Inspector Grimwade added: "The vast majority of people enjoyed Saturday's celebrations safely and these incidents in the city related to a small minority of people who took things too far.

"We want people to enjoy the semi-final on Wednesday which will be a momentous occasion but to do so safely and with respect for others, especially those who are working such as taxi drivers, bar staff and door staff.

"We ask people who are out for the match to consider their actions, particularly when alcohol is involved, to drink responsibly and be mindful that there will be an increased police presence.

"It's completely unacceptable for a handful of people to ruin the celebrations for others and we won't tolerate this sort of behaviour in Nottingham.

"We want people to enjoy the match and hopefully celebrate an historic victory but we will take robust action against anyone committing crime."

Incident Number: 
000657-07072018

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