Police warning to World Cup yobs
HOOLIGANS could be banned from league football matches if they are caught causing trouble in the city during the World Cup.
Police have said that they will pursue Football Banning Orders on those who misbehave during the tournament.
It forms part of a host of tough measures being rolled out – including seizing the passports of known yobs – as scores of city pubs and clubs get ready to host major events to coincide with England matches.
Six extra police officers and a sergeant will also be on the beat on the streets of the city during every game featuring England during the World Cup. These will be backed up by a team of 60 officers stationed across Cambridgeshire who will be ready to pounce if any trouble flares up.
Events planning officer for Peter- borough Sergeant Stuart Saunders said: “It’s a significant extra resource to ensure that everyone has a good time during the World Cup.”
The police focus on the World Cup comes after a surge in violent crime and public order offences during the 2006 tournament.
From June 9 to July 9 in 2006, there were 1,158 offences in the county, compared to 1,047 for the same period in 2005 and 1,105 in 2007.
Other measures being brought in include special powers for officers to ban people from entering an area for 48 hours if they believe someone could cause disorder.
Police, pubs, clubs and CCTV in Peterborough will also be on a shared radio network to warn each other if trouble is brewing, while before and during matches, officers will visit city venues to ensure they are complying with licensing conditions.
Superintendent Nick Knight said: “We want everyone who goes out to watch a match during this World Cup to do so without fear of violence or disorder.
“Officers will provide a friendly presence in the city and we hope people enjoy watching the games 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 problems in the bud.”
They have also looked at every match in the tournament to find any that could be troublesome. He added: “We’ve looked at every nation and it’s not just England fans we are targeting. But that’s when more people will be out in pubs and the likelihood of offending increases.”
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