More police in place during World Cup says force

More police officers will be on patrol during the World Cup, Northamptonshire Police have said
More police officers will be on patrol during the World Cup, Northamptonshire Police have said

Extra bobbies will be on the beat during key matches in the World Cup tournament, the police have said.

Northamptonshire Police say that while they want revellers to enjoy the football, anti-social behaviour or violence will not be tolerated.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Phillips, who is leading the World Cup policing operation for the county, said: “We will endeavour to make sure people in Northamptonshire, whether interested in the football tournament or not, are able to continue with their normal daily lives with the minimum disruption.

“We do not wish to discourage or prevent people from enjoying themselves but they must be aware of the impact they are having on other people.

“We will be responding to local and national intelligence as the tournament progresses and if it’s perceived there is an additional risk of disruption for particular communities at any stage, we will resource accordingly.

“We want everybody to enjoy this international celebration of football, but must warn that any anti-social behaviour or violence will be responded to robustly and we will arrest anybody suspected of committing a criminal offence.”

Police are also running a drink drive operation throughout June.

Sergeant Tony Hopkins, who is leading the operation, said: “We’ll be out in force to make sure everyone is safe to drive, both before the matches and after them.

“This campaign is timed to coincide with both the World Cup and the warm weather.

“The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before and if people have been drinking into the night, there’s a strong chance they may be unfit to drive the morning after.”

People who are found to have been drinking and driving face a £5,000 fine, a 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.