Two men banned from pubs during World Cup after arrest in connection with West Watford vandalism spree (From Watford Observer)
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Two men banned from pubs during World Cup after arrest in connection with West Watford vandalism spree
Two Watford men have been banned from pubs for the duration of the World Cup after almost 20 cars were vandalised in the wake of England’s defeat to Italy.
Hertfordshire Constabulary said 19 vehicles were damaged in West Watford at around 1.30am on Sunday, June 15.
The damage included broken wing mirrors, scratched paintwork and smashed windows.
The spree happened not long after England had slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Italy in their first group match of the tournament.
Police were initially called about damage being caused to vehicles in Westland Road and later arrested 23-year-old and 44-year-old in nearby Whippendell Road.
The men have been released on police bail until mid-July while the investigation continues.
They have both been given strict bail conditions not to enter a licensed premise for the duration of the World Cup.
Chief Inspector for Watford, Dave Wheatley, said: "It is believed the damaged was caused following the match and they were committed whilst under the influence of alcohol.
"The use of the Scan Net technology which is installed in the town centre bars and clubs will greatly assist us in enforcing this ban. All venues with this installed require people entering them to produce identification.
"Anyone banned from entering these venues will be flagged up to door staff and refused entry.
"Much work is being done with licensees in the town to ensure that people can enjoy the football tournament in a safe environment. And should there be any incidents then we have the resources on hand to deal with it.
"I hope this ban will send a strong message that we will utilise all our powers, including the use of bail conditions, to curb unacceptable behaviour in Watford."