Extra officers on duty for England's World Cup quarter-final
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Suffolk police will deploy extra officers to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour or criminality when England take on Sweden in the quarter-final of the World Cup on Saturday afternoon.
As well as an increase in public order offences, major football tournaments also bring about a rise in domestic abuse.
Police are urging people to enjoy themselves, the game, and the warm weather, but to behave appropriately and respect others at all times.
Officers are asking people to stay safe, stick with their friends, and make sensible plans for returning home after the match.
Chief Inspector Matt Rose said: “With England’s welcome progress to the quarter-final stage in World Cup 2018, we would encourage everyone to enjoy this exciting occasion, but in a considerate and tolerant way.
“We hope that everyone heading out to watch the match has a great time.
“However, excessive drinking can have very damaging consequences for those concerned, and sometimes for their families.
“Know your limits. Sadly we also see an increase in domestic abuse during major tournaments.
“If you watch a match at a pub or other public screening event, make sure you plan ahead and take responsibility for yourself and your friends.
“Think about how you are going to get home safely and do not accept lifts from strangers. Remember, friends stick with friends, and drink OR drive.
“We always take reports of domestic abuse seriously. See our website or call 101. In an emergency dial 999.
“Officers hope people will enjoy this important game in the right spirit and understand that, if we win, supporters will want to celebrate.
“However, we will have extra officers on duty to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour or criminality. Anyone arrested risks missing any future England games.”
Three arrests were made by Suffolk police following Tuesday night’s England World Cup match against Colombia.
A spokesman for the force said the arrests were for public order offences after the Three Lions won a World Cup penalty shoot-out for the first time.
The spokesman said: “We had a bit of a peak after the game finished, mainly with large groups dispersing and moving out of the pubs.
“Three arrests were made but there were no major incidents at all, and generally people were well behaved.”
A spokesman for Essex Police said the majority of people were supportive and co-operative.
He said: “We closed Head Street, Colchester, and High Street, Brentwood, again to ensure public safety, with a large numbers of people leaving venues and congregating after the match finished.
“Our officers were out before, during and after the game and noted that the majority of people were co-operative, supportive and were looking after each other.
“We received reports of a small number of disturbances across the county and these were mostly alcohol related.
“We made one arrest with a man later de-arrested following a report of criminal damage. We did not need to bring anyone to custody for World Cup-related disorder.
“We would like to urge people to act and drink responsibly as we support England’s journey in this competition.”