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Huge police response in Maidstone after England’s defeat to Italy

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A huge police response was required in Maidstone overnight on Sunday (July 11).

Fans took to the street following England's Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, which many would have watched in pubs and bars in the town centre.

People would have been in the venues for the majority of the day, as large queues were seen across the country building up to the 8pm kick-off.

READ MORE: Pubs and big screens packed across Kent for Euro 2020 final – recap

The match itself went the full distance, and it was more penalty heartbreak for the Three Lions at a major tournament.

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This was, however, England's first final in 55 years since the 1966 World Cup win, which had made for a carnival-like atmosphere in the build-up to the game.

A goal from Luke Shaw saw England take an early lead, however Leonardo Bonucci's tap-in from a corner sent the sides into extra-time.

Fans in Maidstone town centre after the Euro 2020 final

With the additional 30 minutes of action remaining goalless, penalties were required.

However, after the Italians lifted the trophy into the Wembley night sky, chaos erupted on the streets of Maidstone.

A huge police response in Maidstone town centre

Fans were seen chanting in groups with England flags draped over their shoulders.

Some even confronted a line of police officers, while others were pinned down by the police.

A huge police response in Maidstone town centre

In a statement on their social media pages, South East Coast Ambulance Service said: "Not the result we wanted but so proud of England!

"If you've been out watching the match, please get home safely – don't take your upset out on your family, friends or anyone else and obviously don't drink and drive!"

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