Police presence stepped up at Wembley ahead of England clash with Italy after Brussels shooting

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Police presence stepped up at Wembley ahead of England clash with Italy after Brussels shooting

A “highly visible policing presence” will be in operation at Wembley for England’s match against Italy this evening following the Brussels shooting.

The Metropolitan Police issued a statement ahead of the sold-out Euro 2024 qualifier to reassure fans.

“Given the events yesterday in Brussels, those attending the match can be reassured that they will see a highly visible policing presence,” the force said.

“Officers are there to ensure the event passes off safely and provide reassurance to those attending.”

The decision comes after a suspected gunman killed two people before an international football match in the Belgian capital.

The shooting caused Belgium’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Sweden to be abandoned at half-time.

Fans were also kept in the stadium as armed officers searched for the suspected attacker.

Police shot dead the suspect this morning, named by Belgian media as Abdesalem L – a 45-year-old Tunisian national.

The terror alert in Brussels has been raised to the highest level, with an increased police presence in force, and people have been warned to be extra vigilant and avoid any unnecessary travel.

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Superintendent Gerry Parker, match commander for tonight’s game, said: “We have been working with our partners, including the FA, in the weeks leading up to this match to ensure those attending the Wembley area enjoy this match.

“Our officers are experienced in dealing with large-scale public order events, and a flexible plan is in place to reduce the likelihood of crime and disorder, and provide a timely response to any emerging incidents.

“Please ensure you arrive in good time for the match and remain vigilant throughout; if you see anything suspicious then flag it to an officer or one of the match stewards immediately so the necessary action can be taken.”

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