Police urge football fans to behave during World Cup
PUBLISHED: 10:31 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:50 14 June 2018
During the lead up to the 2018 World Cup, Norfolk Police are urging football fans to enjoy the matches, behave appropriately and respect others.
Officers want everyone to be safe and enjoy the tournament, but are aware an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can sometimes lead to an increase in public order offences and domestic abuse.
Police will be visiting licensed premises in Norfolk to reinforce expectations around behaviour and the responsibilities of the licensee.
A series of posters are being made available for any premises wishing to display them. The posters cover domestic abuse, public order offences and hate crime, and can be downloaded from the Norfolk Police website.
Chief Inspector Kris Barnard said: “We encourage everyone to enjoy the World Cup, but want to remind people to be considerate and tolerant of others.
“If you go out to watch the matches we want you to have a good night out and make sure you stick with your friends.
“Excessive drinking leading to anti-social behaviour can have very damaging consequences for those concerned, and sometimes for their families.
“Norfolk has specific policing plans in place. Officers will deal robustly with any issues, but we hope there will not be a need to do so.
“However, residents are encouraged to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and be assured these will be investigated.
“People need to take responsibility for themselves and their friends. Make sure you plan ahead, if you’re going to watch a match at a pub pre-book safe transport home and do not accept lifts from strangers.”
There will be an increased police presence during key matches in town centres throughout the county to minimise the risk of any alcohol-related disorder.
In addition police are warning motorists about falling foul of the dangers of drinking and driving, particularly the morning after a night out.
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.
All four people in Norfolk have complied with the order.