Towcester Pub Being Monitored By Police For England Game On Sunday
|Author: James Rudd||Published: 21st June 2012 17:33|
Police to monitor Towcester pub on Sunday for England game
A TOTAL of 34 pubs and clubs across the county will be closely monitored by police on Sunday evening, when England play Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final.
Licensed premises intending to show the football on a big screen were identified prior to the tournament and have been visited by licensing officers.
Police are resourcing a Leisurezone operation in the county’s towns – which normally runs on Friday and Saturday nights – in anticipation of greater numbers in town centres than normal on a Sunday evening.
And licensed premises showing the football – and where there is a potential for disorder – will be checked over by the police to ensure they are conforming to the conditions of their licence.
Almost half of the 34 pubs and clubs under scrutiny are in Northampton (13) – the other licensed premises subject to a watching brief are in Kettering (7), Wellingborough (4), Rushden (4), Corby (3) and Daventry, Higham Ferrers and Towcester (1 each).
To date, the tournament has passed off peaceably in Northamptonshire, with just seven football-related incidents recorded between June 8 and 19.
Of those seven incidents, four were on licensed premises – two football-related domestic incidents have also been recorded.
There has been one football-related arrest and one person with a football banning order – who was required to remain in this country – was also arrested.
Chief Superintendent Simon Blatchly, who is leading the Euro 2012 policing operation in Northamptonshire, said he was very pleased with the way football fans in the county have celebrated the tournament.
He said: “Responsible drinking is the key to a safe and successful tournament. We have been working constructively with licensees in the run up to the tournament and they are aware that they have responsibilities in this area too.
“The fact that we are running at such a low number of football-related incidents speaks volumes about the behaviour of fans watching the games in pubs and clubs and we hope that standard will be maintained on Sunday evening.
“We understand that England fans will be passionate about their team doing well. But please make sure that other people watching the game with you can enjoy it too and please stay safe, drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive.
“We want everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun. However, if you become abusive and hostile and commit crimes or anti-social behaviour, then we will come down on you very hard indeed.”
Officers have been instructed to readily use Section 27 orders which can remove potential troublemakers from town centres for 48 hours.