Increased police presence around Huntingdonshire for World Cup quarter-final

Patrols are being stepped up in Cambridgeshire

Patrols are being stepped up in Cambridgeshire - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

There will be an increased police presence in the around Huntingdonshire this Saturday as England play in the World Cup quarter-final.

Officers have been working with pubs and partner agencies, including local authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service, to prevent any problems and take action if necessary.

There have been no major football-related issues so far in the tournament, which has seen England progress through the group stage and beat Columbia on penalties last night.

Superintendent Laura Hunt said: “We want everyone who goes out to watch an England match to do so without fear of violence or anti-social behaviour and so far I am happy with the way supporters have behaved.

“We want Saturday to be memorable for everyone for the right reasons so it’s important that people drink sensibly.

“There will be a friendly police presence but any anti-social or illegal behaviour will be dealt with robustly.”

Police work with pubs and officers to nip potential problems in the bud.

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Anyone who has concerns about a football-related event or potential public order problems should contact police on 101.

Before and during matches, officers will visit pubs and bars to ensure they are complying with their licensing obligations, including not selling alcohol to those who are drunk.

If officers believe someone could commit crime or cause disorder, they can use orders under Section 27 of the Violent Crime Reduction Act to remove them from an area for 48 hours.

They will also confiscate alcohol from children or from anyone drinking it in areas covered by a Designated Public Places Order.

Police, pubs, clubs and CCTV in Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough will be on a shared communications network enabling them to identify those in the area causing trouble and refuse entry.