Police issue warning ahead of warm World Cup weekend
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With more warm weather expected across the county ahead of an exciting weekend for football fans, police are urging people to stay safe.
Pubs across Norfolk will be packed out on Saturday for England's quarter final clash with Sweden and temperatures could reach the high 20s.
While it promises to be an enjoyable weekend, police are asking that people do not allow the excitement to get in the way of their own personal safety and the safety of others.
Chief Inspector Kris Barnard said: 'This is an exciting weekend for Norfolk, not only because England are in the quarter finals of the World Cup but also because we have a number of events being held across the county.
'In Norwich many people will be out to enjoy the Lord Mayor's celebrations. If you are heading into the city please plan your day ahead, make use of public transport and be aware of any road closures which will be in place for the procession which will now start at 6pm, an hour later than originally scheduled.
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'For those who will be watching the football on Saturday we know an increased amount of alcohol and intensified emotions can sometimes lead to an increase in public order offences. 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 match we want you to have a good day 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.
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'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. 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 the match in the city and town centres throughout the county to minimise the risk of any alcohol-related disorder.'
'If you are heading out to enjoy the sunshine elsewhere please ensure you secure your vehicle and remove all valuables from display and from the vehicle where possible. At this time of year opportunistic thieves will be on the look-out for homes and cars with open windows and unlocked doors.
Chief inspector Barnard also warned people heading towards the broads or the coast this weekend to stay safe near the water.
He said: 'Norfolk is well known for its maze of open waterways and on a hot day the water may look an inviting place to cool down.
'Please remember the rivers around the broads are unsuitable for swimming in and have hidden dangers such as a sudden change in depth, decreases in temperatures and unseen objects and currents, which can cause even the strongest of swimmers to get into difficulty very quickly.'