Wiltshire Police remind football fans to enjoy tournament responsibly


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With the 2018 FIFA World Cup getting underway on Thursday 14 June, Wiltshire Police is reminding football fans to enjoy the tournament responsibly.

Thousands of fans will be cheering on their national team and Wiltshire Police have an operation in place to deal with the potential problems that can come with a large number of people drinking and watching football.

Inspector Martyn Sweett is overseeing the Wiltshire Police preparations for tournament related policing, he said: "We want everyone to enjoy the World Cup, but to also be mindful of their behaviour and to act responsibly.

"The vast majority of people are intent on enjoying the tournament, but with emotions running high and alcohol being consumed, it can lead to other issues such as drink-related disorder, hate-crime, or drink-driving.

"We are always prepared for events like the World Cup and have a plan in place, which may involve additional staff being deployed at certain times during the tournament when necessary".

Police licensing officers are fully engaged in ensuring that licensed premises play their part to maintain a safe environment and lawful sales throughout the tournament. Anyone who has specific concerns about any pub, club, shop or event selling alcohol irresponsibly should contact police on 101.


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