Four Norfolk people banned from World Cup surrender passports to police
PUBLISHED: 09:15 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:48 04 July 2018
Four Norfolk football fans have surrendered their passports to police ahead of the World Cup.
The three people from Norwich, and one from King’s Lynn, are currently subject to football banning orders preventing them from travelling to international tournaments.
In total more than 1,200 people banned from travelling to the World Cup are now without passports ahead of the tournament.
Of 1,312 individuals who are subject to football banning orders, 1,254 have either handed over the documents voluntarily, been forced to do so or did not have a passport in the first place.
All four people in Norfolk have complied with the order.
Police will work to track down the remainder during the rest of the tournament, which finishes on July 15, the Home Office said.
They will also scour travellers at UK ports to stop any suspected troublemakers trying to get to Russia.
Football banning orders aim to stop hooligans travelling to international sporting fixtures.
They can last for up to 10 years, and a breach can mean a fine of up to £5,000 and a six-month jail term.
Officials will be keen to avoid a repeat of scenes at Euro 2016 in France, when England fans were involved in violent clashes, including with Russia supporters.
Minister for Policing and the Fire Service Nick Hurd said: “The World Cup is a festival of football and is no place for violence or disorder.
“The UK’s system of football banning orders is unique and means that people intent on causing trouble in Russia will instead be staying at home.”
Around 10,000 fans are expected to travel from the UK to Russia to attend the World Cup.