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Police warn troublemakers that disorder will not be tolerated this World Cup

Posted by StreetSafe on June 8, 2010

Photograph above shows local officers, with partners from the CDRP and local licensees. They are advertising the local BARWATCH yellow and red card scheme that will be operating in Barrow town centre throughout the world cup.

Cumbria Constabulary is urging football fans to enjoy the World Cup safely as they launch a month long campaign tackling drunken violence and anti-social behaviour this week.

Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Graham, in charge of the policing operation during the competition, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the World Cup safely so we are asking football fans to help us ensure this happens by drinking responsibly and steering clear of trouble.

“Nearly half of all violent incidents are alcohol related so, with numbers of football fans heading to our pubs to watch the matches expected to increase over the coming weeks, we have launched a campaign to remind people to keep hold of their senses.

“We will be taking a tough approach to disorder and running targeted high visibility patrols at key times throughout the competition to reassure local people and deal with disorder swiftly and robustly. We have increased officer numbers on match days to staff extra police foot patrols based around the pubs and clubs who will be dedicated to preventing disorder and helping ensure each match passes as safely as possible.

“Our warning to potential troublemakers is if you cause problems our pubs and clubs you will be caught, you will be prosecuted and in many cases you will be banned. Our pubs are supporting this by displaying posters, beer mats and tent cards created by the Constabulary and Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs), which will act as a stark reminder and a warning of the dangers associated with drunken violence and disorder.

“Over the last month we have been planning for the event with our partners in the CDRPs around the county to help ensure each match passes safely and enjoyably. As part of this our community safety and Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been working closely with licensees in pubs and clubs around the county to provide advice and support to help them get prepared. By taking some simple steps like; ensuring there are enough bar staff to manage the increased numbers, using plastic glasses, steering clear of drinks promotions and using registered doorstaff who are adequately prepared with high visibility clothing, licensees can help ensure everyone is able to enjoy a safe and disorder-free World Cup.

“I am confident that by working together and taking responsibility for our behaviour we can all help make this World Cup safe and enjoyable for all.”

Messages from Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships around the county:

Andy Shine, Chair of South Lakeland CDRP, said: “The Partnership fully supports this campaign. Sadly, alcohol fuelled violence occurs all year round, but we can use events such as the World Cup to raise awareness and we make no apologies for that. We hope South Lakeland residents will enjoy the World Cup without the fear or threat of violence and are reassured that the police and licensing authority will take firm action against violence of any kind.”

Jane Muller, Chair of Carlisle and Eden CDRP, said: “The CDRP is committed to working with Cumbria Constabulary in Carlisle and Eden to reduce alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour throughout the World Cup.

“We aim to ensure that everyone can have an enjoyable and safe time throughout this period. Through our task groups we will endeavour to provide activities and preventative measures to prevent the escalation of these types of offences on specific dates relating to the World Cup season.”

Norman Williams, Chair of West Cumbria CDRP, said: “The West Cumbria CDRP is committed to the campaign to reduce alcohol fuelled violence. This is an unacceptable situation which sadly occurs more around big events like football matches. We would encourage revellers in West Cumbria to enjoy the World Cup in a safe environment and assure those who cause trouble that it will not be tolerated.”
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