POLICE in Cumbria have urged people to behave ahead of tonight’s England match following a ‘small number’ of incidents during the tournament.

Officers said the response from fans had been ‘overwhelmingly positive’ during Euro 2020 matches but urged caution ahead of England's clash tonight with Ukraine.

Police said officers would be deployed across the county in line with demand and would be working with venues to maintain order.

A spokeswoman said: “Euro 2020 has seen England progress to the quarter-finals, and quite rightly people have been enjoying the matches.

“As a nation, we are passionate about supporting our teams in major sporting tournaments and the Euros are no different.

“We want to thank all our community for their ongoing support in enjoying the tournament responsibly.

“Yes, across Cumbria, there have been a small number of incidents that may have occurred from a person’s response to a game, resulting in heightened negative emotions.

“However, as a community, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I would like to reassure the community that any crime is unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and we will pursue those responsible and hold them to account.”

Warning people over drink driving, she said: “If you have plans to enjoy Saturday’s game with a drink, or just to socialise with friends, please do not drink and drive.

“You are putting your life in danger and others.

“Make sure you know how you are getting home safely and have a Plan B just in case.”

Police said officers will be ‘strategically deployed in line with demand this weekend’, but ‘their deployment remains flexible to local issues’.

“We will also continue to work closely with partner agencies and local venues, to provide comprehensive support to everyone enjoying the weekend in Cumbria,” the spokeswoman said.

England take on Ukraine in Rome in the quarter final of Euro 2020 having beaten Germany. Fans will be watching at venues and homes across Cumbria.