Cumbria Police urge fans to behave themselves in the county during the World Cup

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FOOTBALL fans are being urged by Cumbria Constabulary to enjoy the World Cup responsibly as it prepares to crack down on drunkenness and antisocial behaviour.

Throughout the tournament there will be increased patrols across the county during key matches.

A police spokesperson said officers would be looking to intervene early to prevent drunken behaviour.

Dispersal orders – banning people from a particular area for 48 hours – will be used if necessary.

Police say the last three major football tournaments have seen decreasing amounts of arrests, anti-social behaviour (ASB), and violent crimes in Cumbria.

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Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “I am pleased to see that each major football tournament seems to be attracting less trouble in Cumbria, and I hope that this year’s World Cup is the best yet.

“We will be working closely with licensees to minimise the likelihood and impact of excessive drinking.

“We will be issuing advice over the coming weeks around not drinking to excess, not risking drink-driving the night of or morning after key matches, and raising awareness about domestic violence."

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