Euro 2012 passes off safely for town

POLICE praised football fans for behaving themselves and enjoying the Euro 2012 matches in good spirits in Boston.

The force boosted numbers in the town centre during the football tournament to avoid the ugly scenes that marred the Euro 2004 tournament, when there was a riot in Boston.

Officers also warned that they had liaised with the courts to ensure anyone stepping out of line when out watching the football would be hit with tough punishments, similar to the way London rioters were dealt with.

Chief Inspector Paul Timmins told The Standard: “We put out messages in the shops and the press and it worked really well.

“The visible presence we had went a long way to ensure we had no problems.

“There were no issues in terms of public order and actually we were able to downscale our response because it was clear that people were taking heed of the information given out beforehand.

“The people of Boston behaved themselves and that reflected really well on the town.”