Kettering MP calls for greater support for police to tackle violence at Euro 2016

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone has called for greater support for French police as they try to stop violence between fans during the football tournament.

Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 10:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 11:47 am
Mr Hollobone has called for greater support for French police during Euro 2016

The Conservative MP raised the issue during a Commons debate yesterday (Tuesday).

Mr Hollobone said: “English football hooligans who take part in such violence bring shame on our country.

“It would appear in this case that the bulk of the responsibility lies with some really nasty Russian football hooligans.

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“Anyone who takes part in violence needs to take responsibility for it.

“Frankly, the French have enough to worry about with the terrorist threat to this football tournament, and this is the very worst time to have to get involved in other issues.

“Will my right hon. Friend redouble her efforts to make sure that the French have all the intelligence they need to weed out the few troublemakers who are catching the headlines?”

In response to his question, Theresa May, The Secretary of State for the Home Department, said: “My hon. Friend makes an important point.

“We are working with the French authorities to ensure that they have as much information as possible about the individuals who might be troublemakers.

“Given our expertise with police spotters, greater numbers of them will be in France for the match on Thursday, so that they can provide exactly that support to the French authorities.”