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No timescale for how long Darren Bent will be out of action

Villa manager Paul Lambert is putting no timescale on how long Darren Bent will be out of action with his ankle injury.

It is the ankle Bent injured against Wigan last season, which forced him out of the final three months of the campaign and ended his hopes of being part of England's Euro 2012 squad.

The striker suffered the setback while training last week, forcing him out of the 1-0 win at Sunderland.

"Darren had a scan on Wednesday and it's still too early so we will have to go with the same squad of players."

"Darren's doing okay at the minute but we'll have to wait and see. It is the ankle he injured against Wigan so we will wait and see."

– Paul Lambert, Aston Villa manager


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Nottingham chef bakes Giant Custard Cream trophy

A chef from Nottinghamshire has baked a custard cream biscuit in the shape of the UEFA Euro 2012 cup.

The giant custard cream on display in Nottingham Credit: PA

The giant Custard Cream weighs 33lbs and took Paul Thacker and his team from Chino Latino over 10 hours to create.

The biscuit is currently on display in the Park Plaza Hotel in Nottingham.

Paul's sweet creation is being auctioned on eBay and the proceeds donated to the East Midlands homeless charity Framework.

Police praise England fans

Police in the West Midlands say there hasn't been a single arrest during the Euro 2012 football tournament.

They say that so far the opening matches of Euro 2012 have been enjoyed in an atmosphere of "good-natured fun".

"We haven't received any reports of serious trouble in the region or clashes between rival fans.

"Policing operations are in place across our towns and cities to respond to crime, disorder or any issues relating to excess alcohol consumption.

"We want everyone to enjoy the event and we won't tolerate poor behaviour that can spoil the spectacle for the majority of law abiding supporters."

– Sergeant Donna Jones, West Midlands Police

The Football Unit has issued a warning that anyone involved in football-related disorder risks being handed a Football Banning Order in the courts.

That would make UK football grounds no-go zones to offenders and also prevent them from travelling overseas to football tournaments.

A West Bromwich Albion fan was given a Football Banning Order after he was removed from a flight before it left from Gatwick last Saturday.

The 24-year-old from Tipton was arrested by Norwegian police during England's Euro 2012 warm-up game last month and given a three year banning.

"He was trying the make his way to the Euros and this result reflects our commitment to tackle people with a history of violence or disorder from attending the tournament.

"There is a national, co-ordinated ports operation in place so no matter where people try to leave the country from there will be police and officials looking out for potential troublemakers."

– Sergeant Donna Jones, West Midlands Police


Red cards for Euro 2012 troublemakers

West Midlands Police say anyone causing trouble whilst watching Euro 2012 games risk being arrested and banned from town or city centres on match days.

Police can move on people they believe to be drunk and an anti-social behaviour risk…and stop them returning to the area for up to 48 hours.

Anyone arrested could be handed bail conditions making venues screening matches no-go zones for the whole of June.

In Wolverhampton, officers working with pub landlords will be handing out 'yellow and red cards' to anyone acting in an anti-social manner.

West Midlands Police's specialist Football Unit have people in Poland and Ukraine to help support the policing operation around England supporters.

Others will be based at Birmingham Airport during June on the look-out for potential troublemakers trying to make their way to the tournament.

"Recent overseas tournaments have shown that the vast majority of fans are well behaved and passionate about supporting their team.

"And most people cheering the team on from home want to enjoy the matches and celebrate the event – but anyone jeopardising that through poor behaviour will be dealt with appropriately.

"That could involve them being subject to bail conditions stopping them from watching matches in venues screening the games or from entire town centres.

"Our licensing teams work closely with pubs and clubs and, through the Pubwatch scheme, anyone barred from one pub risks exclusion from all others participating in the initiative.

"People may think that banning orders are only given to people who misbehave in football stadiums – but a football-related offence includes fighting in a pub or committing criminal damage whilst watching a game in a pub."

– Howard Lewis-Jones, Football Unit Inspector
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