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Police praise football fans for behaviour despite England's semi-final defeat

12 Jul 2018 12:30 PM

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Football fans across the region will be waking up disappointed but we want to praise you for your good behaviour throughout the tournament.

Yesterday we asked fans to drink responsibly and respect their city ahead of England's semi-final game with Croatia.

Thousands of fans turned out to watch the game at fan zones and bars across the region in the hope that the team would make the final.

But officers on duty last night ended up just as disappointed as those watching the game as England fell to a late defeat.

Today we want to praise those who turned out to watch the match and can reveal that there was no disorder in our major city centres.

Chief Superintendent Neil Hutchison, Central Area Commander, said fans in the region had behaved brilliantly the entire tournament.

He said: "I am pleased to say that fans supported the team with all the enthusiasm and good humour that you expect in Newcastle.

"The Council and venues that showed the match were well organised and cooperated very well with police and I would like to thank them for their help in ensuring that there was no significant disorder.

"The behaviour of fans was a credit to the city."

Yesterday we revealed how there was a 62 per cent increase in calls to the 999 number during Saturday's quarter-final against Sweden.

There was high demand again last night with just under 30 per cent more calls than an average Wednesday in the region.

Yet, call handlers at the two Communication Centres were able to answer every single call and continue to deliver an outstanding service to the public.