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Statement ahead of Euro 2020 England v Denmark semi-final

News   •   Jul 07, 2021 15:30 BST

"The Met has the policing resources in place to meet any demand placed on us by the semi-finals of the Euros,” Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, from the Met, reassures London.

As football fever continues this summer, and with increased capacity of up to 65,000 fans at Wembley Stadium – the highest capacity in a UK football ground since the outbreak of Covid – London is going to be very busy place on match days.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, said: “The Met is very well prepared for the increase in fans. We have a very experienced policing team in place and will continue to prevent crime and disorder and respond effectively to any incidents. We have deployed a great many officers and specialist units.

“We want people to be able to enjoy the Euros 2020 safely and securely.

“London still remains in a public health crisis. There are government guidelines in place and we ask people to follow these and remain socially distanced. My message is clear: If you don’t have ticket to the matches, fan zone or officially booked into a pub, bar or club, please do not come to London – you could end up missing the game.

“We have a particular focus on safeguarding, tackling domestic abuse, violence against women and girls, and hate crime – all of which are Met priorities. We will bring such offenders to account and support victims. We encourage anyone who is suffering at the hands of an abusive or violent partner, or knows someone who is, to call us on 101 or in an emergency 999.

“Many pubs and bars right across London are screening the matches and attracting large numbers of fans. Met licensing officers have been visiting such venues to talk to staff about how they can keep their customers safe and deal with any risks arising from disorder and anti-social behaviour as well as helping the vulnerable get home safely.

“The Met has been planning for the Euros 2020 for some time, working with key partners in Union of European Football Associations, the Football Association, the Mayor’s office, and with policing partners in British Transport Police and City of London Police to ensure people and fans are safe and secure, prevent crime and disorder and respond effectively to any incidents.

“I should also remind you that the terror threat remains at 'substantial'. This means that an attack is likely and I am asking the public to play their part toward security by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity or behaviour to stewards, security staff or police officers. In an emergency always dial 999.”