Police probe after match arrests

POLICE have launched an internal investigation after furious fans complained about their arrest at the England match.The inquiry was launched after a band of Norwich City fans, arrested in Ipswich before England's clash with Croatia, lodged an official complaint in protest at their treatment by police.

POLICE have launched an internal investigation after furious fans complained about their arrest at the England match.

The inquiry was launched after a band of Norwich City fans, arrested in Ipswich before England's clash with Croatia, lodged an official complaint in protest at their treatment by police.

And a Norfolk Police spokeswoman confirmed it was one of their officers who was under investigation.

A massive security operation was launched to ensure Portman Road's biggest ever game passed off peacefully.


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Officers were drafted into Ipswich from all over the country as a big visible presence was mounted in town centre streets.

The Norfolk officer under investigation was one of those called in to provide back-up to Suffolk colleagues.

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Fans launched their complaint after being taken to Felixstowe in a police van after a confrontation with Ipswich fans in the town centre.

Steel erector John Cutting, 37, of Eade Road, said he was determined to clear his name, even though he was released without charge after being arrested for a breach of the peace.

Mr Cutting is a regular at England away matches and fears a damaged reputation could hinder his football passion.

He said: "If I can get video evidence it will prove I am innocent. I am prepared to take this to any court in the land to clear my name."

Mr Cutting said he paid £35 for his England ticket, but missed the match because he was stuck in a cell.

He said: "We just couldn't believe it. I would have gone straight to the ground then, but they didn't offer us the option. They just put us in the van.

"We didn't go to cause trouble and it had been a nice atmosphere until then."

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