Cambridgeshire celebrates – some more than others – England’s World Cup win against Colombia
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Football fans in Cambridgeshire were amongst the nation celebrating last night (July 3) when England beat Colombia in the penalty shoot out during the World Cup.
In March, more than 100 people packed into Ye Olde Griffin pub on the High Street to watch the big game. They gathered around every TV in the building, cheering their home team on.
Eric Dier scored the decisive spot-kick that gave England the 4-3 penalty victory; everyone in the pub cheered and began chanting ‘I’m England till I die’.
The celebrations quickly moved to the streets, one England fan was spotted outside the Coachmakers Arms pub with his shorts down singing similar football chants.
Maria Fance captured the incident on camera and the video has since gone viral, it’s has now been watched over 90,000 times with more than 650 shares.
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In Walsoken, near Wisbech, someone has painted the England flag on one of the mini roundabouts.
Cambridgeshire Police have warned of an “increased police presence” as England prepares to play in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday (July 7).
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A spokesman said: “Officers have been working with pubs and partner agencies, including local authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service, to prevent any problems and take action if necessary.
“There have been no major football-related issues so far in the tournament, which has seen England progress through the group stage and beat Columbia on penalties last night.
“We want everyone who goes out to watch an England match to do so without fear of violence or anti-social behaviour and so far I am happy with the way supporters have behaved.
“We want Saturday to be memorable for everyone for the right reasons so it’s important that people drink sensibly.”
“Anyone who has concerns about a football-related event or potential public order problems should contact police on 101.
“Before and during matches, officers will visit pubs and bars to ensure they are complying with their licensing obligations, including not selling alcohol to those who are drunk.
“If officers believe someone could commit crime or cause disorder, they can use orders under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act to remove them from an area for 48 hours.
“Police, pubs, clubs and CCTV in Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough will be on a shared communications network enabling them to identify those in the area causing trouble and refuse entry.”