Po­lice warn­ing to World Cup yobs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By NICK REINIS

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.”

Pic­ture: GE­ORGI MABEE.

THRILLED: Jake Bishop is pre­sented with his new bike by Hay­ley Cot­ton from Cot­ton TV. (METP-04-06-10GM063)

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