Police thank fans for good behaviour following the England World Cup match

PC Mo Rashad, PD Shadow and Sergeant Darren Williamson from Cleveland Police.
PC Mo Rashad, PD Shadow and Sergeant Darren Williamson from Cleveland Police.

Police have thanked fans for their good behaviour following the England v Croatia World Cup match last night.

Durham Constabulary said despite the devastating defeat the evening passed without trouble.

Officers were on patrol across County Durham and Darlington during the semi-final and spirits remained high with no major incidents being reported to police.

Superintendent Colin Williamson, from Durham Constabulary, said: “We want to thank everyone for their fantastic behaviour last night.

“Fans were obviously cheesed off that England didn’t make it through to Sunday’s final. However, most people behaved impeccably and we had no major football-related disorder.

“We’ve got another busy weekend coming up with Durham Miners’ Gala and Seaham Carnival. We’ve also got the third-place play off against Belgium on Saturday – let’s use it as a chance to celebrate England’s success and show them how proud we are of how far they’ve come.

“Whatever you’re doing this weekend, our officers will be out and about keeping you safe and we hope you all have a fantastic time.”

A spokesman for Cleveland Police said they had additional officers on patrol for the match and three people were arrested.

The males, aged 17, 19 and 25, were all arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and one was given a fixed penalty notice, one is in custody and the other was released under investigation.

A spokesman said: "Overall the majority of people were out to enjoy the football with friends and family and most people went home without causing any trouble following the result of the match.

"Officers would like to thank everyone for their continued support throughout the World Cup so far and we are so proud that England made it to the semi-final."

At Northumbria Police, 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.

"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."