Increased police patrols in place for England's key World Cup semi final tonight

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World Cup fever is set to sweep Aylesbury Vale this evening as England take on Croatia in the semi final.

And Thames Valley Police bosses say the force is well prepared.

A spokesman said that there will be an increased police presence in Aylesbury and beyond to ensure that 'everyone remains safe to enjoy the football match'.

Chief Inspector Colleen Lavery, based at the Joint Operations Unit, said: “We are working to ensure that our local communities remain safe to watch the game.

“Although the vast majority of supporters will enjoy the game responsibly, it only takes a few individuals to spoil the atmosphere for everyone else. There have been a number of incidents in the Thames Valley over the last few weeks ranging from an ambulance being damaged through to public disorder.

“This is a peak period of demand for the emergency services. Please do not take critical emergency resources away from those who really need it by behaving recklessly.

“We would like to remind everybody to drink responsibly and that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Dispersal Notices will be issued against offenders where appropriate, which could result in them missing the game.

“To report any incidents of anti-social behaviour, please call Thames Valley Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please only call 999 in an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life.”

The spokesman added: "Our officers and staff at Thames Valley Police, join with our residents, to wish the England football team every success in the semi-final."