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Buses will avoid Maidstone town centre during England Euro 2020 games against Scotland and Czech Republic

Buses will avoid a town centre during England's next two Euros matches after previous run ins with rowdy fans.

Arriva has said its service won't visit central Maidstone tomorrow (Friday) night or on Tuesday night from 8.30pm onwards.

The scene in Ashford previously
The scene in Ashford previously

Although the bus company has given no explanation for the detours, England are due to play Scotland in tomorrow and they take on the the Czech Republic on Tuesday.

Both matches kick off at 8pm and are due to be shown on big screens at a number of town centre bars.

In the past there have been occasions of boisterous supporters surrounding buses and intimidating drivers and passengers, particularly in Ashford after England's victory over Tunisia in the World Cup in 2018.

After Raheem Sterling MBE fired the Three Lions to victory against Croatia on Sunday a win tomorrow night will guarantee Gareth Southgate's World Cup semi finalists a slot in the last 16.

That game will be played on the week beginning June 28.

Services 5,12, 82 and 89 will continue onto Mill Street as normal and then turn left to The Cannon, round St Peter's Bridge, along Archbishop's Way and Palace Avenue and then continue along their normal route up Lower Stone Street.

Services 3,7 and 71 will run their normal route to Palace Avenue, terminating at Lower Stone Street. They will depart via Knightrider Street, Archbishop's Way and St Peter's Bridge. They will not serve The Cannon.

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