Euro travel ban enforced

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 June 2016

Football net with out-focus balls in background

Football net with out-focus balls in background

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More than 100 people in the area with football banning orders have been forced to hand in their passports ahead of Euro 2016.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary will hold these passports for the entirety of England’s involvement in the tournament, which kicks off on June 10.

A police statement confirmed that those who failed to hand in their passport prior to yesterday’s deadline can expect a visit from the police, with a failure to comply potentially resulting in arrest.

The move comes as part of a full Euro 2016 operation which looks to crackdown on football-related crime in the area, and for people attending the tournament.

Chief Inspector Oliver Cosgrove, silver commander for the Euro 2016 policing operation, said: “We will not tolerate any football-related antisocial behaviour or violence in Avon and Somerset, whether out in the community or behind closed doors at home and will deal robustly with such problems.

“More than 100 people in the force area now have football banning orders as a result of football-related incidents which are actively stopping them from enjoying their football and also places restrictions on them travelling abroad.

“We hope that it will be a successful and enjoyable tournament.”

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