Police are advising people not to fight or become embroiled in violent behaviour during the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament. 

Ahead of the competition, which kicks-off on Friday and before the hopeful lifting of lockdown restrictions on June 21, officers in Lancashire are warning of the consequences of violent or abusive behaviour.

While most people will enjoy the summer months and the duration of the tournament sensibly, the force is ready and prepared to deal with those who choose to spoil things for others through drink and drug related anti-social behaviour, abuse or violence.

Ch Insp Mark Morley, from the Tactical Operation Unit at Lancashire Police, said: “We know it’s been a tough 15 months and we’re certainly not asking people to stop drinking or having fun, but we are asking people to be aware that there is a tipping point at which alcohol can significantly affect the way you would normally behave.

“We want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the summer safely, but our message is clear: if you break the law there will be consequences.”

At the same time, #noexcuseforabuse, the county’s domestic abuse awareness campaign will ask everyone to be aware of the signs of domestic abuse to support their friends, family or colleagues who may be experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse.

Det Ch Insp Jason Richardson, from Lancashire Police’s Public Protection Unit, added: “As we can see more of our family and friends this summer as COVID restrictions continue to lift, you may have noticed some changes in their appearance and/or behaviour.

"These changes could be a sign that your loved one is experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse.

“Some of the signs of domestic abuse, such as physical marks, may be easy to identify. Others may be things you can easily explain away or overlook.

"By knowing the signs of domestic abuse, you could help a friend, colleague, or family member.

“You can find detailed examples of the signs of the many forms of domestic abuse on our website: Know the signs | No excuse for abuse

“There is no excuse for abuse in any circumstances and no one should live in fear. I would encourage anyone experiencing any form of domestic abuse to seek assistance from us or our partner agencies who are ready and available to support you.”