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East Lancashire drinkers warned to behave
1:44pm Friday 8th June 2012 in Euro 2012 and East Lancashire
LANCASHIRE police is cracking down on alcohol-fuelled crime during this summer’s Euro 2012.
There will be high-visibility patrols in town centres on match days and licensed premises will be visited to spread the sensible drinking message.
Across the county, road-side checkpoints will also be used to target drink drivers.
Assistant Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, who will lead the policing operation during the tournament, said: “Everybody is looking forward to the football and rightly so, it’s a big event and we all want to be able to enjoy it.
“It will be our job to make sure that everyone can enjoy it safely and that those who want to have a drink, do so responsibly.
“There will be extra officers on the street – not because of any intelligence to suggest disorder, but purely because of the number of people expected to be out and about in the pubs and clubs watching the various matches.
“We want to see a carnival atmosphere with good natured fun. And if we see anything less, anyone acting in a violent or anti-social manner for example, they will be dealt with swiftly.”
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