Police Working To Make Sure Everyone Enjoys England Game
West Mercia Police is prepared to make sure that England's latest game in Euro 2012 passes off without incident.
The competition started last week and England's second match takes place today (Friday 15 June) against Sweden.
Chief Inspector Melanie Crowther, who is leading the policing operation for Euro 2012, said: "Because the game is taking place on a Friday evening, of England's three qualifying matches this is the one that concerns us most. We are expecting a lot of people to take the opportunity to combine a night out with taking in the game in local pubs and clubs."
Officers want to reassure local residents that they are ‘putting in extra time' to make sure town and city centres remain peaceful and warning anyone who might indulge in violence and disorder, ‘kick off and face the penalty'.
Posters have been distributed across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire to pass on these messages and they can been seen in local communities, especially licensed premises.
Chief Inspector Crowther, added: "While the summer of 2012 is packed with major events, we are making sure there will be a high-profile policing presence in our town and city centres throughout Euro 2012, especially tonight.
"We want everyone to enjoy themselves, but we'll be cracking down on any alcohol-related violence or disorder and making sure town centres are safe for all local residents, whether they are interested in the football or not.
"West Mercia Police is working with publicans, off-licenses and supermarkets to ensure that alcohol is sold responsibly and individuals need to take personal responsibility for their actions and be aware of the effect they may have on other people and the wider community.
"If you are somewhere and it looks as though trouble could flare up, walk away and don't get involved. We will not hesitate to arrest anyone involved in disorder and you could well find yourself put before the courts."
Be Drink Aware
It is expected that with the later, Friday night kick-off, many people will be drinking and West Mercia Police is encouraging everyone to take steps to stay safe and make sure the evening is a memorable one for the right reasons.
Please remember the following tips:
- Don't drink too much. Know your limit and stick to it.
- Always protect your drink. Although reported incidents of drink spiking are rare in the West Mercia area, people do need to be cautious.
- Never leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from a stranger. If a drink tastes unusual or smells odd do not drink it.
- Look after your mates and always stay together when out and about or stopping to get money from a cash machine. Try to have someone in the group who stays sober to make sure everyone else is safe.
- Walk away from trouble. Alcohol can make you more vulnerable to crime - both as a victim and also a potential offender. If you come across trouble don't get involved - simply walk away and contact the police .
For more advice on enjoying your night out tonight, visit: http://www.westmercia.police.uk/advice-centre/personal-safety/alcohol-safety.html
Issued: Friday 15 June 2012