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Advice issued to Thames Valley residents ahead of the England Football World Cup Semi-Final

Alert message sent 10/07/2018 13:32:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Residents from across the Thames Valley will be uniting to cheer on England during the semi-final on Wednesday (11/7) at 7pm.

There will be an increased police presence in towns and cities across the force to ensure that everyone remains safe to enjoy the football match.

In Reading, Blagrave Street will be closed from 5.30pm until 11pm and Friar Street will be closed 10 minutes before the final whistle until 11pm to accommodate the crowds.

Chief Inspector Colleen Lavery, based at the Joint Operations Unit, said: “We are working to ensure that our local communities remain safe to watch the game.

“Although the vast majority of supporters will enjoy the game responsibly, it only takes a few individuals to spoil the atmosphere for everyone else. There have been a number of incidents in the Thames Valley over the last few weeks ranging from an ambulance being damaged through to public disorder.

“This is a peak period of demand for the emergency services. Please do not take critical emergency resources away from those who really need it by behaving recklessly. 

“We would like to remind everybody to drink responsibly and that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Dispersal Notices will be issued against offenders where appropriate, which could result in them missing the game.

“To report any incidents of anti-social behaviour, please call Thames Valley Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please only call 999 in an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life.”    

Our officers and staff at Thames Valley Police, join with our residents, to wish the England football team every success in the semi-final.
 
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Neil Hawkins (Police, Communications Officer, Forcewide)

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