Police chiefs have warned against a repeat of the “significant disorder” that accompanied England’s World Cup victory over Sweden, saying there were 387 incidents across the country leading to 70 arrests.
They said the “worrying level of mostly alcohol-related disorder” stretched forces’ resources on Saturday and compared it to the trouble-free celebrations enjoyed by England fans in Russia.
Police accepted it was only a minority of those celebrating England’s 2-0 win in the quarter-final, taking the Three Lions to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, who were involved.
Among incidents listed by police were:
- Significant damage to an ambulance in London Bridge.
- Two people arrested in Northampton, where “crowds caused disturbances, resulting in road closures while officers dealt with the disorder”.
- A road blocked by hundreds of people and flares set off in a Leicestershire street.
- People clambering on to the roofs of buses and blocking roads in Southampton.
- Celebrations in Nottingham that led to “extensive criminal damage” to a taxi.
- People climbing on to bus shelters and vehicles in Bridlington, Hull and Cleethorpes.
- A man who jumped off a double-decker bus and crashed through a bus shelter roof.
Mark Roberts, the head of football policing for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, which represents 44 forces across England and Wales, said: “Saturday’s match was a great day for England and it’s right to celebrate it. The vast majority of fans do that without committing criminal and antisocial behaviour.
“It is incredibly disheartening to see more than 300 incidents of alcohol-fuelled disorder from a minority of mindless individuals.
“This behaviour has real consequences. Numerous roads across the country were blocked, stopping emergency vehicles getting to people in need, and an ambulance is now off the road while being repaired.
“Shops were damaged, people were abused and assaulted and others climbed on buses and cars, causing damage to vehicles and in some cases, themselves.”
Roberts compared the excellent behaviour by England fans in Russia with those back home. “This is in stark contrast to the fans out in Russia, whose behaviour, apart from a couple of minor incidents, has been great,” he said.
Police resources are stretched because of increased demand, a situation exacerbated by the warm weather and a big mobilisation for Donald Trump’s visit to the UK.
“There is absolutely no excuse for this type of senseless behaviour. Emergency services resources are already stretched,” said Roberts.
“We want people to celebrate and enjoy themselves, but not at the expense of law-abiding fans and emergency services’ resources.”
World Cups and major football tournaments can lead to spikes in some types of criminal offending.
Across England and Wales, there have been 1,086 football-related incidents since the tournament began in mid-June, with 226 domestic abuse-related incidents and 230 arrests.
England play Croatia on Wednesday evening, with police on the alert for any further trouble.
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Israel says it has conducted ‘wide-ranging’ air strikes against Hamas
Israeli aircraft and tanks hit targets across the Gaza Strip Friday after shots were fired at troops on the border, the army said, with Hamas reporting three members of its military wing killed.
An army statement said shots were fired at troops during renewed protests along the Gaza-Israel frontier and “in response, (Israeli) aircraft and tanks targeted military targets throughout the Gaza Strip.”
The IDF says its warplanes have carried out ‘wide-ranging’ air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, in response to the earlier gunfire.
US Secretary of State Pompeo demands “full enforcement of sanctions” on North Korea
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told United Nations Security Council envoys on Friday that there needs to be “concrete actions” by North Korea before an easing of sanctions on Pyongyang can be discussed, said Dutch U.N. Ambassador Karel van Oosterom.
“The secretary made very clear we need concrete deeds, concrete actions and only then we can start the discussion,” van Oosterom told reporters after Pompeo informally briefed envoys from the 15-member council, Japan and South Korea behind closed doors at the South Korea U.N. mission.
(New York Times)
Michael Cohen Secretly Taped Trump Discussing Payment to Playboy Model
President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording.
The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.
The recording’s existence further draws Mr. Trump into questions about tactics he and his associates used to keep aspects of his personal and business life a secret. And it highlights the potential legal and political danger that Mr. Cohen represents to Mr. Trump. Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trump’s secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, confirmed in a telephone conversation on Friday that Mr. Trump had discussed the payments with Mr. Cohen on the tape but said the payment was ultimately never made. He said the recording was less than two minutes and demonstrated that the president had done nothing wrong.
“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” Mr. Giuliani said, adding that Mr. Trump had directed Mr. Cohen that if he were to make a payment related to the woman, write a check, rather than sending cash, so it could be properly documented.
“In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence,” Mr. Giuliani.
Mr. Cohen’s lawyers discovered the recording as part of their review of the seized materials and shared it with Mr. Trump’s lawyers, according to three people briefed on the matter.
“We have nothing to say on this matter,” Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny J. Davis, said when asked about the tape.
(New York Times)
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