Police gear up for the World Cup

Force launch new campaign

POLICE are reminding football fans to act sensibly when the World Cup kicks off next week.

Officers will carry on their regular patrols across the county during the tournament to ensure everyone can enjoy the competition, whichever team they support.

Chief Inspector Richard Harbon who is leading the Constabulary’s World Cup response said: “We want everyone to enjoy the World Cup and we are working with our partners, such as Hertfordshire County Council, to ensure it will be a trouble free tournament for everyone. We know the overwhelming majority of football fans are law abiding and peaceful and we will ensure our policing style is fair and appropriate. However, we will take action against those who wish to spoil the atmosphere for everyone else.”

In the run up to the event, Herts Police will be speaking to everyone who has a football banning order and will be advising them of the consequences of breaching their bans. Work is also being carried out to identify potential troublemakers who are looking to fly out to South Africa and they will be detained if necessary before and during the competition.

“We know people get excited about the World Cup and want to get behind their teams – however it is important to behave sensibly or face the consequences,” warned Chf Insp Harbon.

“We want people to take responsibility for their own actions, such as knowing their limits when drinking, making sure they’re making appropriate travel arrangements if they’ve drunk alcohol and not taking out their frustration on their partners or relatives. The World Cup isn’t an excuse for breaking the law and unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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Police are also working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to urge all fans to think about their behaviour in a bid to reduce incident of Domestic Abuse or Domestic Violence.

More information and advice for fans about how they can enjoy the World Cup safely and without trouble can be found at www.herts.police.uk.