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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

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