POLICE stepped up their presence in the city centre to prevent trouble after England's World Cup defeat at the weekend.
Thirty bobbies were out on the streets after Saturday's match to quell any alcohol-fuelled tension and manage the added complication of a race meeting.
Sergeant Andy Pickup, who was on duty at the Racecourse, where they were showing the match, said: 'The town centre was extremely busy but we did not see an increase in incidents.
'The force planned ahead and we had a lot more officers on duty than usual to preempt any altercations and act as a deterrent.
'We seized a large amount of alcohol on the streets and many glass bottles which could have caused injuries.'
Sgt Pickup added: 'We worked in conjunction with establishments such as Brannigans, where they did not use any glass. They had 900 people watching the match but things went quite smoothly.'