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Police: 'Enjoy Euros in a safe and responsible way'




Norfolk Police are urging football fans to enjoy the Euro 2020 tournament which starts on Friday - but behave appropriately and respect others.

Officers are reminding supporters to celebrate safely and responsibly.

And the advice is to remember to stick to social distancing and health regulations, be drink-aware and watch your phone and wallet or purse.

Norfolk Police have given a warning to potential troublemakers ahead of Euro 2020 (48030857)
Norfolk Police have given a warning to potential troublemakers ahead of Euro 2020 (48030857)

There's also a warning about the possibility of still being over the drink-drive limit the morning after a match.

Chief Supt David Buckley said: "We have lived through extraordinary times. I know how tough the last 12 months have been for everyone and the Euros will give us the opportunity to focus on something positive.

"If previous tournaments are anything to go by, these occasions can provide moments of intense joy and excitement as well as disappointment – both are integral to the experience.

Norfolk Police have given a warning to potential troublemakers ahead of Euro 2020 (48030862)
Norfolk Police have given a warning to potential troublemakers ahead of Euro 2020 (48030862)

"But this is not an excuse to allow those emotions to spill over into anti-social behaviour, hurting other people or damaging property. Any abusive behaviour on any level will not be tolerated – whatever the time of year and whatever the occasion.

"So, while it's a cause for celebration, I also want to stress that we will use all necessary resources to prevent disruption and will take a hard line against those who choose to be aggressive and are intent on causing trouble. Stick to the health regulations, stay safe and respect each other.”

The constabulary is also urging people to plan ahead and know how they are getting home.

Police will be giving extra support to residents and businesses at match times - offering firm but fair and friendly policing. Officers have written to, and have been working with, licensees who intend to show Euro 2021 games in order to maintain the safety of customers and staff.

But they say licensed premises showing the matches also have the responsibility to do so in a safe and responsible manner without adversely impacting on the enjoyment of their customers and the wider public.

Posters aimed at encouraging people to enjoy the tournament safely and responsibly can be downloaded here.

Anyone seeing a crime take place can report the incident via the Norfolk Police website at www.norfolk.police.uk/contact-us/6-report-it or call 101.

In the event of an emergency call 999.

Norfolk Police have given a warning to potential troublemakers ahead of Euro 2020 (48030868)
Norfolk Police have given a warning to potential troublemakers ahead of Euro 2020 (48030868)


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