CUMBRIA Police have today praised football fans in Cumbria for enjoying the World Cup responsibly.

Officers said that since the major football tournament began on June 12 there have been no arrests or significant incidents related to it.

However, police are urging people to keep up the good work over the next few weeks as the tournament continues.


Superintendent Mark Pannone said: “This week I would like to remind people of the serious consequences of drinking to excess and violent behaviour.

"Although we have not seen any significant issues as a result of the World Cup, one drunken argument can easily escalate into something more serious.

“We want people to ‘think before you drink’, and remain in control. Obviously we don’t want to ruin anyone’s fun, but it can be easy to get carried away with the atmosphere and become vulnerable or overstep the mark.

“One punch really can change two lives. As well as the likely event of spending the rest of the night, at least, in our cells, there is a good chance you could seriously injure or even kill someone. Do you really want to remember the World Cup as the time you ruined two lives?

“We want the World Cup to remain a fun, safe, and enjoyable time for everyone in Cumbria.”

Anyone who would like to report violence or anti-social behaviour should call Cumbria Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always call 999.