England vs Scotland: Met police make 18 arrests as part of a dispersal order in central London during Euro 2020 shock | Football news
Metropolitan Police arrested 18 men in central London and around Wembley Stadium as England and Scotland faced each other on Friday.
Crowds flocked to popular tourist areas in central London and around Wembley Stadium ahead of Friday night’s goalless draw.
The arrests included racial aggravation, drunk and disorderly behavior and assaulting a police officer.
A spokesperson said: “As a result of today’s football police operation, 18 people have so far been arrested by officers. All those arrested were men.
“The arrests took place mainly in central London and near Wembley Stadium.
“The offenses included violence and disorder, possession of drugs, possession of an offensive weapon (brass knuckles), racial aggravation, drunkenness and disorder and assault on a police officer, who suffered minor injuries. “
#UPDATE | At 10:30 p.m., 18 people had been arrested as part of our police operation during the #England v #Scotland Thu. The majority of them were in central London and close to Wembley Stadium. The officers continue to engage with the crowds.
– Metropolitan police events (@MetPoliceEvents) June 18, 2021
Met Police had issued a dispersal order for central London ahead of the Euro 2020 match.
The measures were put in place to “prevent the public from being alarmed, harassed and destabilized” and to end crime in the region, after large numbers of fans visited the capital despite Mayor Sadiq Khan and other politicians urging non-ticket holders not.
Dispersal orders give police additional powers to separate groups of two or more people when they believe their behavior is causing nuisance, harassment or distress.
A fan zone in Trafalgar Square was reserved for key workers, including NHS and London Ambulance Service staff and transport workers during the group stage of the tournament.
Chief Inspector Joe Stokoe, spokesperson for the Met police operation during Euro 2020, said: “London also remains in a public health crisis. There are government guidelines and we are asking people to follow them and stay socially distanced.
“We have contingency plans to deal with a number of potential incidents as they arise, but my message is clear: if you don’t have a ticket to the matches, the fan zone or officially booked in a pub, bar or club, please don’t come to London – you might end up missing the game.
“Last night we took the precaution of issuing a section 35 dispersal order which is in effect until 3:00 pm on Saturday 19. We have implemented a flexible policing plan to reduce the likelihood of crime, disorder and antisocial behavior. “
Two men were arrested Thursday evening. A 25-year-old man has been arrested for indecent exposure in Hyde Park. He was taken into police custody before being taken into custody and released.
Another man was also arrested Thursday for attempted theft of a police cap, assault with intent to avoid arrest and assaulting a rescuer. He was taken to a South London police station where he is now.