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Nine police officers injured after post-England game violence in Maidstone

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Nine police officers have reported being assaulted in the Maidstone town centre chaos overnight (July 11).

Fans clashed with police following England's Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on penalties, where five police officers have since required treatment from a nurse.

Two men are in custody having been arrested in connection with the incident.

READ MORE: Huge police response in Maidstone after England's defeat to Italy

Police have also issued a warning to anyone involved in the disturbances, saying they can "expect to hear from us in due course".

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Chief Superintendent Warren Franklin said: "The vast majority of people in Kent behaved responsibly throughout Sunday, with our officers working with councils and businesses to ensure everyone could safely enjoy the football.

"As has been the case throughout the tournament, there was a visible police presence in town centres to help achieve this end.

A huge police response in Maidstone town centre

"Towards the end of the game on July 11, and immediately after the conclusion, a number of separate groups of people in Maidstone town centre chose to engage in disorder.

"Objects, including bottles, were thrown at officers and criminal damage was also caused to a car belonging to a member of the public.

"Our patrols were able to keep the disorder to a minimum, and confined to the Jubilee Square area. Nine officers reported being assaulted and five received treatment from a nurse at Maidstone Police Station. No serious injuries were sustained.

"Two men are currently in custody, having been arrested in connection with the disorder.

"Elsewhere in the county, our officers dealt with isolated pockets of disruption which led to some further arrests. The vast majority of people, however, behaved in a courteous manner.

A huge police response in Maidstone town centre

"Those who did engage in disruption can expect to hear from us in due course, as we are actively reviewing footage, including that taken from our body worn cameras, to identify any outstanding suspects."

Anyone with information, or mobile phone footage of disorder in Maidstone is asked to contact us on 01622 604100 quoting 11-1429.

Those wishing to provide information on any other incident are asked to use the same number, but quote 11-1201.

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