Italy Fans Attacked

25 June 2012, 13:18

Four people were arrested after Italian football fans are attacked in Bedford following their win over England.

Cars full of Italian supporters were damaged as they drove along The Embankment in Bedford after the match on Sunday 24 June 2012.

The Embankment is an area of Bedford where the town's large Italian community normally gather.

Bedfordshire Police say a person was also assaulted, although not seriously.

They were forced to close off the High Street and Embankment after disorder involving around 150 supporters broke out. 

One person was arrested for assault and three for criminal damage. 

Superintendent Mark Turner, who was responsible for the policing operation last night, said: 'Sadly a well behaved build-up to the game was marred by approximately 15 minutes of sporadic disorder in Bedford High Street and the Embankment after the penalty shoot out.

'It is always a shame when the majority of well behaved supporters are let down by the actions of a mindless minority and while order was quickly restored this was undoubtedly an extremely unpleasant situation for people trying to leave the area sensibly and particularly for those stuck in their cars.'

Officers are today taking a look at CCTV footage to see what other crimes were committed.