Football hooligans in Northampton hand passports in ahead of World Cup

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A number of known football hooligans in the county have handed in their passports to Northamptonshire Police ahead of the World Cup, a top officer has said.

Chief Superintendent Paul Phillips said a policing plan had been put in place to cover the World Cup, in particular the England games, the first of which is against Italy and kicks off at 11pm this Saturday.

Mr Phillips said the force was not expecting any trouble during the tournament and a number of known offenders in the county had surrendered their passports so they would not be able to travel to Brazil.

He said: “We will have a few extra resources in the town centre based on intelligence, but we do not believe there is going to be any problems based on our risk assessments.

“If England do progress through the tournament we might need to look at better resourcing, but we think the event will be low risk and a lot of the activities will be part of officers’ daily business.

“We expect most people to enjoy the tournament and enjoy it as a sporting celebration.”

England’s group matches will take on place on Saturday, June 14 against Italy, kick-off at 11pm; versus Uruguay on Thursday, June 19, kick-off at 8pm; and against Costa Rica at 5pm on Tuesday, June 24.

The World Cup runs from today (Thursday) until the final on Sunday, July 13.