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Euro 2016 fan zones could be ISIS target, says UK counter-terror boss

A leading counter-terror expert has warned England fans that ISIS could target fan zones during Euro 2016.

Dean Haydon of Scotland Yard warned fans of the credible threat that IS were plotting to attack the Euros.

He also warned that fan zones in France and the UK could be especially vulnerable.


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“Certainly we have seen … potential talk of plots against the Euros, but we’re working with all those various different agencies to police and make the Euros a safe event,” said Haydon.

“There are different event taking place throughout London, there are fanzones, there are screens going up for people in crowded places and parks … of course we’ve got a policing event round that.”

Dedicated supporter zones have become a common occurrence at major international tournaments and there will be ‘fan zones’ in each of the 11 cities hosting matches across France.

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Alongside the warnings from Scotland Yard, the Foreign Office also released advice for travelling supporters to be ‘vigilant at all times’.

A statement read: “During Euro 2016, stadiums, fan zones, venues broadcasting the tournament and transport hubs and links represent potential targets for terrorist attacks.

You should be vigilant at all times, especially in areas hosting Euro 2016 events, and follow the advice of local French authorities.”

Fan zones will also be prevalent throughout the UK during the tournament, with various parks and public spaces around London hosting events.

Elsewhere a site at Cooper’s Field in Cardiff will be open to up to 6,000 fans wanting to watch Wales’ progress.


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