Wednesday, June 6, 2012
CAMBRIDGESHIRE police will step up patrols in Huntingdonshire towns during Euro 2012 to prevent drunk and inconsiderate behaviour.
Officers say there was no significant increase in violence or disorder in the county during the last World Cup but there was a rise in rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour around higher profile matches involving England.
Officers will visit pubs and bars before and during matches to ensure they are complying with their licence, including not selling alcohol to drunk people.
They will also confiscate alcoholic drinks from children or those consumed in designated public places.
Chief Inspector Nick Knight said: “Our priority is public safety and we want everyone who goes out to watch a match during Euro 2012 to do so without fear of violence or disorder.
“Officers will provide a friendly presence and we hope people enjoy watching the games while drinking sensibly but we will not tolerate anti-social or illegal behaviour.
“We are working with pubs to make sure people do not drink too much alcohol and officers will take action to nip potential problems in the bud.”
In Cambridgeshire, police have enforced football banning orders on 18 people, 11 in Peterborough, six in Cambridge and one in March.
These people were required to surrender their passports to police stations in those areas by May 30 for the duration of the tournament, regardless of the success of the England team.
INFORMATION: Anyone who has concerns about a football related event or potential public order problems should call Cambridgeshire police on 101.
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