With the beginning of Euro 2012 just one week away, North Yorkshire Police is urging the public to enjoy the football tournament in the right spirit.
Pubs, bars and clubs will be packed with fans supporting the national team which could potentially lead to alcohol-related disorder.
Without wanting to spoil people’s enjoyment of the competition, officers will be taking a firm but fair approach to any trouble before, during and after England matches.
Police will be working in partnership with other licensees and agencies to ensure that the duration of the event is memorable and trouble free for everyone.
On England match days, extra officers will be on patrol alongside special constables. They will provide a visible presence in and around pubs and bars throughout North Yorkshire and the City of York to deter potential troublemakers, provide reassurance and respond quickly to any outbreaks of disorder.
Chief Inspector Dave Hannan, of North Yorkshire Police, said:
This is an exciting summer of sport beginning with the Euro 2012 football.
We want people to enjoy the tournament, get behind the England players and have a great time. What we don’t want is people causing trouble and spoiling the festivities for everyone else.
As with all events of this nature, there is the potential for disorder when people drink alcohol to excess. If people drink responsibly and behave there won’t be a problem. However, violence or football-related disorder will not be tolerated and will be dealt with robustly.
Historically, police respond to more incidents of domestic violence during major football tournaments and officers are displaying posters on their cars and vans to warn people of the stiff sentences they could face for domestic assaults.
Police take a very dim view of domestic violence and are committed to bringing offenders to justice and offering victims the support that they need.
Chief Inspector Hannan added:
Obviously tensions run high when England are playing at major tournaments but that is no excuse for violent behaviour, particularly in the home.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please don’t suffer in silence, the police are here to help you and your welfare is our primary concern.
If you would like to report domestic violence contact North Yorkshire Police on 101. If you are in immediate danger always dial 999.
You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.