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Police thank 'the fans, visitors and local people' after successfully hosting three Rugby World Cup games

100,000 visitors are estimated to have visited the city this weekend alone. Photo: PA

Northumbria Police have thanked rugby fans from across the world and local people after Newcastle successfully hosted three international games.

Scotland v South Africa, New Zealand v Tonga, Samoa v Scotland attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors to St James' Park with 'exceptional behaviour from all'.

Officers have said there have been very few low-level arrests and the Chief Superintendent who has led the large-scale policing operation has 100% commended all of those who have come to enjoy the events.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill said: "I can't thank the fans, visitors and local people enough for their excellent behaviour and patience.

"Thousands of people have descended into the city to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the matches or visit the Fanzones in the area.

"It really could have been made very challenging for us however, thanks to everyone's cooperation and the fantastic work of our partners, this really has been a privilege to be part of. I am exceptional proud to have been a part of it myself.

"This is not something that happens on our doorstep everyday but everyone in the region has welcomed this opportunity and reaffirmed that the North East is one of the friendliest, most vibrant and safest places to be."

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