West Norfolk police warn they are ready to deal with World Cup trouble

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Extra officers will be on patrol in towns across West Norfolk when England kick off their World Cup campaign next week, police have announced.

The move has been made as part of a county-wide drive to clamp down on would-be troublemakers during the tournament, which they hope will confine any “kicking off” to the pitches of Brazil.

Additional patrols will be in place for all of England’s matches during the competition, beginning with the game against Italy next Saturday, June 14.

Insp Edward Brown said: “We encourage everyone to enjoy the World Cup, but want to remind everyone to be considerate and tolerant to others.

“We had a relatively trouble-free Euro 2012 tournament a couple of years ago and we are keen to see this repeated

“A small minority of anti-social supporters may use the tournament to behave inappropriately and spoil the event for others. These people need to be aware that we will take every step necessary to bring them to account for their actions.

“We will have additional resources available across the county to provide a reassuring presence aiming to prevent offences from happening.”

Publicans are also being encouraged to take any additional security measures they feel they need, such as employing door staff or using plastic glasses, in order to prevent trouble.

And posters warning people about public order offences, hate crimes and domestic violence are also available to be displayed inside pubs and bars.

The Association of Chief Police Officers is also supporting the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign, which will be launched next week.

The campaign, which is being led by Women’s Aid, aims to tackle increases in reports of domestic abuse after matches by talking to fans and clubs about the problem.

Police will also be taking part in an anti drink-driving clampdown during the tournament

Chf Insp Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “Watching the football is a very social event, whether it is going to the pub or round to a friend’s house.

“Either way there can be more of a temptation for those driving to have a drink, but we would warn people not to do so.”

Mr Spinks added: “We would also warn motorists to think about whether they are safe to drive the morning after drinking.

“There are some mid-week matches and late kick offs and people need to be aware that the next morning they may still be over the limit so should avoid driving and arrange alternative transport.”

n What are you doing for the World Cup? Are you getting behind England or trying to avoid the competition altogether?

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