Benidorm police launch Champions League final crackdown as Brits flock to holiday hotspot

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Liverpool will take on Spurs in the all-English final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday.

Police will pack the Spanish capital with 4,700 officers with fear of hooliganism from locals.

Authorities are also targeting tourist hotspots like Benidorm for a crackdown.

Benidorm council has confirmed the police presence will focus around the Rincon de Loix area, a popular spot for Brit tourists.

Benidorm’s councillor for Citizen Safety said the increased police presence will run from 6am on Saturday until 2am the following day.

He said it would “have a preventative character”.

He added the aim is “to be able to anticipate any behaviour which could come up in the streets and public spaces, therefore making sure that the fans can enjoy the match and that no incidents or mishaps happen in the city.”

Local media in the coastal resort say that a special Police Intervention Unit will be deployed with 100 officers involved.

The Gerona and Filipinas roads are to be shut and reports say that drinks will be served in plastic cups rather than glasses on bar terraces.

Brits on holiday in Benidorm had a taste of what will happen with special measures brought in for the Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea on Wednesday night.

The main difference was that the special police unit, UPR, was not brought into the city.

The 4,700 officers will be on the streets in Madrid from Thursday through to Sunday.

The Director of National Police is reported as saying that this is “the most important operation designed for a sporting event”.

There are expected to be around 80,000 Liverpool and Tottenham fans travelling to Madrid with 35,000 having tickets.

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