Extra police on duty for England matches and Donald Trump protests
Additional units deployed to deal with supporters and demonstrators
06 July, 2018 — By William McLennan
Fans took over Camden Town on Tuesday. Picture: Benjamin Victor
POLICE officers are gearing up for an exhausting stretch of long shifts and cancelled rest days as World Cup matches, the Pride parade and Donald Trump’s visit all fall within one week.
England take on Sweden tomorrow and police chiefs have drafted in extra officers to control crowds in Camden should things take a turn for the worst.
Jubilant fans appeared to take authorities by surprise on Tuesday night when they stopped traffic and even climbed atop a double-decker bus in Camden Town after Gareth Southgate’s men saw off Colombia on penalties.
While celebrations remain good natured police said they are unlikely to intervene, but riot-trained officers will be on hand.
In Camden there will be an additional unit of 24 officers. Across London there will be an additional three units, each made up of one inspector, three sergeants and 18 police constables, on duty ready to deal with any crowd trouble.
Should England triumph over Sweden, a similar policing operation will be in place for the semi final on Wednesday.
The following day Trump will arrive at the US ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park and protesters are expected to demonstrate outside the gates from 5:30pm.
There will be an extra 7,000 officers on duty for every day of the US president’s visit.
The massive policing operation will rival that of Bank Holiday Monday at Notting Hill Carnival, one of the Met’s biggest challenges every August.
Organisers expect hundreds of thousands to turn up to a march the following day through the West End, culminating in a rally at 5pm in Trafalgar Square.