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England face Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday (11 July) and whatever happens there will be celebrations in the streets of Bedford.

Unfortunately, in the past, there have been incidents in the town following major tournament encounters between England and Italy.

For example, in 2012 following Italy’s defeat of England in the World Cup there were clashes on the Embankment as celebrating Italy fans were targeted.

Bedfordshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Sharn Basra said:

“We will be putting a proportionate policing response in place for Sunday’s European Championship final.

“The past 18 months or so have been tough on all of us and it is fantastic to see the warmth and positivity created by both the England and Italy teams during this championship.

“We are lucky to live in one of the most diverse areas of the country and we will always celebrate this diversity and the great Anglo-Italian relationship we have in Bedford in particular.

“We live and work alongside one another every day and while there will be friendly rivalry during Sunday’s match, I am sure these exchanges will be good natured, as they have been at every stage of the tournament so far here in Bedfordshire.

“Please enjoy the match responsibly, get home safe and let’s all hope for a fitting finale to what has been a great tournament for both teams.”