FEARS of increased violence and hooliganism during the European Championships have so far not come to fruition, according to police.
Increased numbers of officers have been dispatched on the streets of Boston during the tournament, as the force said it did not want to risk a repeat of the events of Euro 2004, which saw a riot in the town following a match in which France beat England 2-1.
Prior to the tournament, which began on Friday, Chief Insp Paul Timmins, Boston’s top police officer, said: “We’re treating the European Championships very seriously. With it being in Poland and Ukraine there’s an added interest for us because we have those communities in Boston.”
He added that whist he did not expect any trouble in the town, he was ‘not taking any risks’.
A police spokesman confirmed this week that there had not been any trouble in the town during the football, adding that the extra officers in the town had been involved in community engagement activities.
She added: “There have been extra officers out, but it’s all been pretty quiet. There have been no public order offences and no arrests.”
An extra police presence will continue throughout the tournament.