Police hunt ‘troublemakers’ at Wembley before final – terror threat substantial

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Armed police will be stepping up security measures around Wembley Stadium in preparation for the Euros final – with the terror threat still "substantial".

England face Italy at 8pm on Sunday, July 11, with tens of thousands set to attend.

The Met Police will be joined by counter-terrorism officers as they crackdown on potential threats.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor earlier urged the public to remain alert as the tournament kicked off.

He said: "An attack is likely and I am asking the public to play their part toward security by remaining vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity or behaviour to stewards, security staff or police officers."

Security expert Will Geddes believes a reduction in the stadium’s capacity will make it easier for police officers.

He told the Daily Star: "The fact that they are not going to be having a full capacity at the stadium means that they are in a better position potentially to identify threats, that is, those that may be converging on that location.

"Inevitably, there will be some advanced planning, there will be countermeasures in place and the security services will be working with the Met Police to ensure that they’re monitoring any chatter on any of the known networks."

Intelligence officers will be at the scene searching for "any known troublemakers".

Counter-terrorism specialist firearms officers are also likely to make their presence known during the event.

Mr Geddes continued: "The police will be playing two profiles, they’ll be playing an overt presence in terms of making themselves known.

"That’s good for two reasons – it’s good for deterrent values, but also it’s good for reassurance to the spectators and the attendees to know that obviously the police are there to be able to assist and support."

Ahead of the final, tickets were being sold for as much as £15,656 each on the site LiveFootballTickets.

There were scores of other tickets on sale for more than £10,000 each.

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Two seats being flogged as a pair on ticketing site Ticombo were being sold for a staggering £28,000.

Other tickets were being sold for £12,500, £11,150, and £9,500.

The eye-watering sums of money reflect the fact that all the tickets released by UEFA to the general public so far have been snapped up.

  • Euro 2020
  • Terror
  • England Football Team

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