Football troublemakers known to police have not gone to Euro 2012

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No known football troublemakers from Northamptonshire have travelled to Poland and the Ukraine to watch England in the European Football Championship.

A total of 21 people from the county – one of them living in Australia – are subject to banning orders.

They have all been contacted by Northamptonshire Police prior to the tournament kicking off and all had surrendered their passports before England’s opening game with France in Donetsk.

All those with banning orders will continue to be monitored by police should they decide to watch the games at public screenings or in licensed premises.

Seven of those subject to banning orders are allied to Northampton Town Football Club, four to Kettering Town and one to Rushden.

The other nine were issued with banning orders following football incidents at Arsenal, Aston Villa, Leicester City, Leeds United, Norwich City and West Ham United.

PC Nick Price, of the Force Intelligence Unit, said: “The UK Football Policing Unit is primarily interested in ensuring no known troublemakers from this county have travelled to the tournament and we are satisfied this is the case.

“We are keeping a close eye on those who have banning orders in Northamptonshire to make sure they do not step out of line.

“Anyone who does not comply with any requirement made by the Football Banning Order Authority commits a criminal offence and will be subjected to priority action.

“We want to hear from anyone who has information about troublemakers who cross the line while watching the football and we would also appreciate information about anyone planning to cause disorder or commit offences in our town centres.

“Information is vital to us nipping any potential problems in the bud so please let us know or ring Crimestoppers.”

Police can be contacted on 101 – alternatively, information can be left with Crimestoppers on an anonymous basis by ringing 0800 555111.