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Police took record number of 999 calls on Saturday

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Leicestershire Police are developing plans to prepare for Wednesday night’s England versus Croatia football match following a record number of 999 calls on Saturday, July 7.

Police said officers’ rest days and annual leave was being cancelled, and Special Constables were being asked to report for duty to help backfill neighbourhood and response policing roles.

This comes after Leicestershire Police took a record number of 999 calls on Saturday sparked in the main by celebrations following England’s quarter final win over Sweden.

During the 24 hours the force took a total of 661 emergency 999 calls, two thirds of which were received after the game finished.

The average number of calls they would expect to get on a Saturday is around 420.

The force responded to a total of 942 incidents reported during the day, and took a very high level of 101 non-emergency calls.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Masters was in charge of policing the response to the game among fans in Rutland, Leicester and Leicestershire, many of whom chose to watch the game in pubs and other public venues during the afternoon.

He said: “The number of 999 calls was the highest volume we have ever recorded, and it’s fair to say it was an incredibly busy day.

“Demand on our services soared within minutes of the final whistle, and without doubt we were stretched.

Many officers and staff stayed on to support the operation well after their shifts should have finished.

“We had planned to have many more resources on duty than we would normally have on a Saturday, and as a result of this, the very proactive and policing style, I’m pleased that we managed to contain those situations which could have got out of control.

“We are all right behind the England team, and it is magnificent that they have now reached the semi-finals.

“But there is a line between understandable delight and exuberance, which all football fans share, and lawlessness and ugly antisocial behaviour which easily tarnishes the celebrations for the many.”

A total of five people were arrested in relation to the post-match celebrations, including one for letting off a flare. Two officers received minor injuries in connection with the arrests.

Plans are now being developed to prepare for how the force will police Wednesday night’s game against Croatia.

ACC Masters said: “I am confident that we will, once again, prepare well and will have a significant policing presence in the city, in towns and other key locations on Wednesday night.

"If England do beat Croatia, we will be among the first to celebrate.

"But fans need to celebrate sensible, and with respect for everyone else."

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