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Police and city council advise England fans to ‘stay at home’ if they haven’t booked a venue for the semi-final

England fans have been asked to ‘keep up the good work’ by police after no football related arrests were made in Nottingham over the weekend.

Saturday’s convincing win over Ukraine saw England head into the semi-final of Euro 2020 and police have thanked fans for their continued support.

Fans were seen celebrating in Old Market Square after the match and police have praised the public for their cooperation with officers in the city.

This evening will see the Three Lions face Denmark and England supporters across the city and county will be hoping to see Gareth Southgate’s men make the final.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper has asked for fans to continue to respect their local area and to be responsible for their actions.

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He has also encouraged anyone heading to bars and pubs without a booking to watch the match at home in order to avoid disappointment.

He said: “Another brilliant result for England saw fans celebrating across the city and county in a largely responsible way and I was really pleased that there were no issues in the city centre.

“I’d like to thank fans for their continued compliance as officers work to ensure that supporters can enjoy themselves safely.

“We know that the vast majority of bars and pubs are taking bookings in advance of the match and I would urge anyone who has not got a confirmed seat at a venue to stay at home and watch the game.

“If you have made a booking, please ensure that you do turn up and support our licenced premises.

“We expect the same levels of respect and consideration from the public, both for the local area and for other fans who may not be supporting England.

“As with previous matches, we are aware of the large number of people that will gathering at pubs and bars in the city and county and we are well-versed at policing these types of events.

“Once again, extra officers in place across Nottinghamshire to quickly respond to any incident where they arise and ensure that the public can enjoy the events.

“We are here to protect safety and allow fans to enjoy the experience and so far, we have been really happy with how the matches have gone ahead.“If anyone sees something suspicious or has concerns on the night, please do report them to an officer on patrol or call 101.”

ACC Cooper has also urged the public to take remember the dangers of Covid-19 when socialising with others.

He added: “While it is fantastic that people are able to share these historic sporting moments with one another, it is really important to consider the potential for Covid to spread when in close proximity with people.

“We know a lot of people are out enjoying themselves, and so they should, but having a vaccine does not mean you cannot get the virus or pass it on to others who may not yet be vaccinated themselves.

“Please be mindful while out in bars and pubs.”

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We’ve all enjoyed watching England’s progress through this tournament and Saturday night was another fantastic performance from Gareth Southgate’s young side.

“I understand that it’s been a difficult year for everyone and it’s great that football is providing a welcome release for many, but I’d join the police in urging supporters to remain safe and considerate to others as they watch the match tonight.

“Please don’t turn up at city-centre bars and pubs unless you have a booking, and be respectful to others before, during and after the game when there are likely to lots of people out and about. This especially means not gathering in large numbers with others outside your household groups – we’ve come such a long way as a city in the fight against Covid and we must keep going.”

Lucy Stanford, Director of Operations at Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) said: “It’s great news that England has reached this stage of the tournament and it’s also good news that those who have been visiting our city centre to watch the matches have enjoyed themselves responsibly so far. We hope that England’s winning streak continues and that fans continue to be respectful, sensible and safe whilst out in Nottingham city centre.”

Anyone who has any concerns over the weekend is encouraged to speak to officers on patrol or call Nottinghamshire Police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.

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