Police patrol the streets of Cambs at the start of Euro 2020 matches
More police will patrol the streets of the county this weekend, as the Euro 2020 games kick off.
Patrols will increase in towns and city centers as far as England. Euro 2020 matches will take place peacefully and without incident.
Officers work with pubs and partner agencies, including local authorities and the Crown Prosecution Service, to prevent any issues and take action if necessary.
There has been a decline in the number of football-related incidents in Cambridgeshire during major football tournaments and in recent years.
However, the incidents of antisocial behavior that are reported mainly concern more high-profile matches involving England.
Superintendent Laura Hunt said: “Our priority is public safety and we want everyone who goes to watch an England game to do so without fear of violence or anti-social behavior.
“There will be a friendly police presence and we hope people enjoy watching the games while drinking sensibly, but any anti-social or illegal behavior will be dealt with firmly.
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“We are working with the ads and the agents will take action to nip potential problems in the bud.
“Anyone who has concerns about a football-related event or potential public order issues should not hesitate to contact the police on 101.”
Before and during matches, agents will visit pubs and bars to ensure they are complying with their licensing obligations, including not selling alcohol to those who are intoxicated.
If officers believe someone might be committing a crime or causing a disturbance, 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 anyone drinking in areas covered by a DPPO (Decree on designated public places).
Police, pubs, clubs and CCTV in Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough will be on a shared communications network allowing them to identify those causing trouble in the area and denying entry.