Extra police to tackle Euro 2012 violence

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 June 2012

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WHILE the likes of Gerrard and Terry do battle for Roy Hodgson’s England in Euro 2012 tonight, police in Weston have warned they are stepping up patrols to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Extra officers on the streets this evening (Fri) during and after the football match include two extra sergeants and 12 police constables on top of the normal Friday night patrols.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary revealed reports of domestic abuse rose by about 25 per cent on England match days during 2010 World Cup.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Weston Inspector Liz Hughes said: “We take a tough line with those involved in football-related violence by taking offenders to court and seeking football banning orders.

“We have been working closely with those licensees planning to televise these matches and will be increasing patrols to deter any football-related violence.

“Anyone who causes trouble will find themselves in the cells and could face a football banning order, which will prevent them from attending any regulated football match – from the Premier League through to Blue Square Leagues, which includes Weston.”

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