Police have launched a joint operation to ensure people stay safe during the football World Cup, which begins today (Thursday).
The tournament in Brazil lasts until July 13 and officers will be working with councils and pubs to minimise problems during televised matches.
Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Lee Freeman is leading the operation. He said:“Our aim is to promote community cohesion and protect all communities in Lincolnshire in the run-up to and during the FIFA World Cup of 2014.
“We have been engaging with local authorities, licensing departments, licensees and venues to establish their thoughts and intentions regarding opening hours and the live screening of matches and our use of resources has been planned accordingly.
“The force and our partners will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to minimise the risk of violence and anti-social behaviour before during and after relevant matches.”
Superintendent Martyn Ball, of Leicestershire Police, added: “We want people to enjoy the World Cup, because it’s about coming together and celebrating a great sport.
“We didn’t have any issues during the last World Cup or in Euro 2012 and we’d like that to continue. Regardless of whether you’re going out or staying in, drink responsibly and think about your actions.
“We don’t want to have to go down the enforcement route, but we will of course have to if people choose to act irresponsibly.”