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Last Updated: Friday, 25 June, 2004, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Portuguese fans attacked by mob
Injured Portuguese fans
Missiles were thrown at Portuguese fans inside the pub
Portugal fans had to be led to safety after more than 300 people began throwing missiles at a Norfolk pub following England's Euro 2004 defeat.

Police arrested 15 people after the trouble outside the Portuguese-run Red Lion pub in Thetford.

Bottles, stones and bricks were hurled at the pub, smashing windows. One female police officer was injured.

Norfolk Police said all those arrested, 12 men and three women, had been released on bail.

The Portuguese fans - including women and children - were trapped inside the Red Lion for more than two hours.

This was appalling - Thetford will not have a good reputation nationwide this morning
Gillian Shephard, MP for South West Norfolk
The situation had quietened down by 0015 BST.

Gillian Shephard, the MP for South West Norfolk, said on Friday: "This was appalling.

"Thetford will not have a good reputation nationwide this morning."

The landlord of the pub, Sergio Quieros, said the damage to trade and the premises made it almost impossible for him to stay in the UK.

"I don't know if I will run the pub anymore.

Return to Portugal

"It's a shame because we have 6,000 Portuguese in Thetford.

"Maybe I'll go back to Portugal and stay there."

Diane Newman, who runs Portugal Media, the Portuguese newspaper in Norfolk, said: "I think that any true English person will be appalled."

Norfolk Police say officers and community leaders were meeting on Friday to discuss the events of Thursday night.

Kent Police said three men were arrested in Hadlow in connection with criminal damage to the windows of a Portuguese restaurant in the village.

Police said the men, all from Hadlow, and aged 26, 23 and 18, were arrested at about 0030 BST and were still in custody.

There were also 17 arrests in Hertfordshire after scenes of public disorder.

Five people were arrested in Watford, five in Hoddesdon, two in Stevenage, two in St Albans and one each in Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead and Hitchin, police said.

In Boston, Lincolnshire, seven people were arrested after a disappointed England fans congregated in Market Place after the penalty shoot-out.

A small fire was started outside a kebab shop

Double the calls

In the two hours after the game, the Essex Ambulance Service received double the number of calls it usually does.

Ambulances went to five instances of assault in Clacton, two in Colchester, two in Leigh, and three in Southend.

There were also numerous calls from people who were drunk and had cut themselves on glass.

Essex Police made 12 arrests in the Clacton and Colchester areas.

Scotland Yard said six people were arrested in Croydon for public order offences after the game.

Fourteen people were arrested in Wigan at midnight after police were called to a large fight in the King Street area of the town.




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