Town police step up World Cup patrols
POLICE in Royston have been praised by publicans for their strong presence over the opening weekend of the World Cup. England s early Saturday kick-off was met by officers patrolling the town centre, and who kept check on every pub throughout the game.
POLICE in Royston have been praised by publicans for their strong presence over the opening weekend of the World Cup.
England's early Saturday kick-off was met by officers patrolling the town centre, and who kept check on every pub throughout the game.
Police started preparations months ago, with a series of campaigns to raise awareness on behaviour and safety over the World Cup period, in an attempt to manage public order.
They identified possible trouble spots and talked with licencees over the management of pubs and clubs throughout the competition.
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Michelle Parker, licensee of The Chequers, in Market Hill said: "Before the tournament, police visited us for a World Cup briefing.
"They asked a number of questions about safety and controlling anti-social behaviour.
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"They were checking the number of people that the pub can hold, and the use of plastic cups and bottles.
"They also asked me if we envisaged any problems.
"The police have been thorough and I've been impressed with their involvement. If people can see that they are around, then they will be less likely to cause trouble."
Alan Whiddington, manager of the Boar's Head pub, in Market Hill, said: "We haven't had any problems. However, there are youths running about town shouting and swearing.
"Although the police are doing a great job, they aren't stopping them, and they should be made an example."
Curtis Todd, manager of the Coach and Horses, in Kneesworth Street, said: "We have been quiet here so we haven't had to take any measures to prevent rowdy behaviour.
"The police have been really good. They have been going around checking everything and visiting the pubs in the area."
Herts police are urging people to enjoy the tournament peacefully, lawfully, and to show consideration for others.
A Herts police spokesman said: "Before, during, and after each English game there will be additional high visibility police patrols.
"This includes the deployment of trained public order officers to help police tackle any possible associated violence and disorder that might arise. Closed-circuit television cameras will be ready to spot and record any incidents."
A North Herts District Council spokesman, said: "Although the police are responsible for public order, our officers are carrying out joint patrols to ensure that people are enjoying themselves properly.
"While the new Licensing Act does give us the power to close premises which are the source of nuisance behaviour, we are confident that publicans will be responsible, and that we won't need to exercise this power.
"We are sure everyone will enjoy the excitement of the World Cup in a responsible way."
- Residents who experience problems with rowdy behaviour should contact the council's environmental health department.