12:52 Tuesday 10 June 2014

Extra police officers to patrol Ely area during World Cup matches

Written byJORDAN DAY

Police are assuring residents that extra officers will be on patrol in the Ely area to ensure England World Cup matches pass off peacefully and without incident.

Cambridgeshire Police say they are working with pubs and partner agencies including the Crown Prosecution Service to prevent any problems and take action if necessary.

Police, pubs, clubs and CCTV in Ely, Cambridge and Peterborough will also be on a shared communications network enabling them to identify those causing trouble and refuse entry.

Chief Supt Dan Vajzovic said: “Our priority is public safety and we want everyone who goes out to watch an England match to do so without fear of violence or disorder.

“Officers will provide a friendly presence and we hope people enjoy watching the games while drinking sensibly but we will not tolerate anti-social or illegal behaviour.

“We are working with pubs to make sure people do not drink too much alcohol and officers will take action to nip potential problems in the bud.

“Anyone who has concerns about a football related event or potential public order problems should not hesitate to contact police on 101.”

There have been falls in the number of football related incidents in Cambridgeshire during the past two major football tournaments - the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championships.

However, incidents of anti-social behaviour that are reported are mostly around higher profile matches involving England.

Before and during matches, officers will visit pubs and bars to ensure they are complying with their licensing obligations, including not selling alcohol to those who are drunk.

If officers believe someone could commit crime or cause disorder, they can use orders under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act to remove them from an area for 48 hours.

They will also confiscate alcohol if it is found in possession of children or being consumed in areas covered by a DPPO (Designated Public Places Order).

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