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Racist attacks after England game
Police are investigating a string of racist incidents against Portuguese nationals amid widespread minor disorder following the England game.

In the most serious incident a Portuguese restaurant in Rugby in Warwickshire had its windows smashed.

The centre of Wolverhampton was sealed off for nearly an hour as fights broke out in a crowd of 100 people straight after England lost to Portugal.

Staffordshire police made 24 arrests for minor disorder after the match.

In Rugby Portuguese restaurant Casa Portuguesa on Castle Street had its front windows smashed after bottles were thrown at it straight after the game.

Racist taunts

No-one was hurt and police arrested two people in connection with the incident.

In Leamington two Portuguese residents complained to the police after objects were thrown at them and they received racist taunts.

One case was outside the Sydenham Community Club in Chesterton Drive, the other was outside the victim's house.

In Stratford another member of the public complained they had been the victim of racist taunts after the game.

Insp Rob Calvert, of Warwickshire Police, said: "We do not tolerate any form a racial abuse against any member of the community. Each incident will be investigated fully."

A total of 18 arrests relating to the football were made across Warwickshire.

City centre closed

In Wolverhampton the Queen's Square area of the city was closed for nearly an hour after fighting developed in a crowd of 100.

"The area was cordoned off to prevent more people joining the group," said Insp Phil Wright, of West Midlands Police.

"It was all the result of frustration, a stray word here, disappointment mixed with alcohol and the hot weather.

"The crowd dispersed after a short time."

In all 25 arrests relating to the football were made across the force area.

"The incidents were more widespread than usual in areas where we don't expect to see incidents of this type, but they were all of minor disorder, minor criminal damage," he said.




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