Trouble as England crash out

TROUBLE erupted in town centres across East Anglia last night as England crashed out of Euro 2004.Police in Suffolk and Norfolk said they were inundated with calls as people spilled out of pubs and clubs with tensions still running high.

TROUBLE erupted in town centres across East Anglia last night as England crashed out of Euro 2004.

Police in Suffolk and Norfolk said they were inundated with calls as people spilled out of pubs and clubs with tensions still running high.

There were a catalogue of assaults and public order offences, although it was not clear last night whether any were serious.

Ambulance crews say there were called to a string of assaults in Ipswich - most in the hour after England had lost the crunch game in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.


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And there was violence in Thetford as members of the Portuguese community clashed with English fans in the aftermath of the game.

Bottles were smashed as English supporters gathered in the Market Place, venting their anger at the Red Lion, run by the Portuguese.

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There was a high police presence as police stood between the fans in attempts to keep the peace.

In Ipswich, there were assaults in Old Foundry Road, in the Cardinal Park area and near the Curve bar in the town centre. There was also an assault near The Railway in Foxhall Road.

It what not immediately clear last night whether any of the victims, all said to be male, were seriously injured.

Police in Suffolk had appealed before the game for supporters to remain good-natured - but warned they would not hesitate to take action if people were committing offences.

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