Search

Police warn football fans to behave while enjoying Euro 2012 in pubs and clubs

10:09 07 June 2012

England fans watching the World Cup 2010 game against Slovenia in The Marlborough Arms pub in Norwich. Landlord John Linford, right, celebrates England

England fans watching the World Cup 2010 game against Slovenia in The Marlborough Arms pub in Norwich. Landlord John Linford, right, celebrates England's goal. Picture by Adrian Judd.

copyright of Archant © 2010 01603 772434

Football fans are being reminded to enjoy the upcoming European Championships safely and responsibly by police.

Pubs and bars are expected to be busy until the final of Euro 2012, which is being held in Poland and Ukraine, on Saturday, July 1.

England matches - starting with a clash against France at 5pm next Monday - will of course be the busiest matches and Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire police have all issued reminders ahead of the championships starting at 5pm on Friday, when co-hosts Poland take on Greece.

While reassuring people that football related violence and disorder has fallen significantly in recent years, chief inspector Gavin Tempest is asking fans to respect supporters of all teams, as well as those that don’t want to celebrate the championships.

Chf Insp Tempest said: “We want everybody to enjoy Euro 2012. We had a relatively trouble-free World Cup a couple of years ago and we are keen to see this repeated during the June tournament this year.

“This promises to be an exciting time for all football fans and the occasion should be celebrated, but, I want to make it quite clear that we will use all necessary resources to prevent disruption and will take a hard line against those intent on causing trouble.”

Summer football trouble has flared in our region previously, with 15 people arrested in Thetford following England’s exit from Euro 2004 in Portugal.

England had lost to Portugal in a dramatic penalty shootout in the quarter-finals and anger turned on the Portugese-owned Red Lion pub, with bottles, stones and bricks being hurled at the pub and trapping Portugal fans in the pub for around two hours.

Suffolk and Cambridgeshire police are issuing similar warnings to Norfolk, with people are also being reminded to not leave drinks, phones, wallets or purses unattended.

Cambridgeshire chief inspector Nick Knight said: “Our priority is public safety and we want everyone who goes out to watch a match during Euro 2012 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.”

david.freezer@archant.co.uk

1 comment

  • Does this rub anyone else up the wrong way? Unless I drink drive or cause a nuisance it is entirely up to me how much I drink and my business with a landlord is just that and until one or the other breaks the law nothing to do with the police. This constant drip of finger wagging is unnecessary and smacks too much of an attitude that it is OK to try to dictate to people how they behave within the law. They would do better getting their act in gear so they can reunite crime victims with their retrieved stolen possessions without resorting to face book Dont they cross reference crime records?

    Report this comment

    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, June 7, 2012

Other news

Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

A man has been charged with a string of indecent exposure incidents across mid Norfolk

The new look EACH van

Eye-catching van power has been enlisted to help boost an appeal to build a £10m hospice in Norfolk.

Fakenham firefighters, who are setting off on a 400-mile charity challenge.

Firefighters from Fakenham are setting off on a 400-mile charity challenge to mark the first anniversary of the biggest blaze the town has ever seen.

Yesterday, 12:08

It happened on Wednesday, March 18, when two men turned up at an address on College Drive and completed roof repair work that wasn’t required at the property of a vulnerable resident.

Most Read

Fakenham firefighters, who are setting off on a 400-mile charity challenge.

Firefighters from Fakenham are setting off on a 400-mile charity challenge to mark the first anniversary of the biggest blaze the town has ever seen.

Read more
Eastern Daily Press
Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

A man has been charged with a string of indecent exposure incidents across mid Norfolk

Read more
Friday, May 16, 2014
Jack Richards.

He was one of Norfolk’s best-known businessmen – and now, following the death of Jack Richards, talks will be held to discuss how his home town of Fakenham can honour his memory.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:08

It happened on Wednesday, March 18, when two men turned up at an address on College Drive and completed roof repair work that wasn’t required at the property of a vulnerable resident.

Read more
Fakenham
Mon, 12:08
Crowds lined the streets for the parade through the town centre, which was part of last year's Fakenham Fair. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Growers are being invited to join this year’s Fakenham Fair carnival event.

Read more
Fakenham

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition