DRUNKEN yobs and violent offenders will be shown the red card as part of a World Cup crackdown in Chester.
Cheshire Police is launching Operation Brazil today as the international tournament kicks off in Sao Paulo, and England prepare to take on Italy on Saturday.
The city’s pubs and bars are expected to be packed for the match and officers will be stepping up patrols to deal with any trouble-makers.
They will also be targeting drink-drivers and people who are violent in their homes after reports that domestic abuse soared by 43 per cent during the 2010 World Cup.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CwaC) has vowed to bolster police teams with its own community safety wardens, and ensure hawk-eyed operators monitor CCTV cameras for any issues.
The authority is working with the Pub Watch scheme to clamp down on “irresponsible” drinks promotions that could spark incidents.
Chief Superintendent Sarah Boycott, who is leading Operation Brazil, said: “During previous national and international sporting events Cheshire Police has seen an increase in demand, particularly in crimes such as domestic abuse.
“Specialist officers will be working on the day after every England match to deal with any domestic abuse incidents – and to provide support to victims alongside the independent domestic violence advocacy team.
“Other areas such as drink driving and anti-social behaviour also tend to see an increase, which leads to further demand on the force.
“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable World Cup – please remember to act responsibly and to be respectful towards other people.”
Roads Policing Inspector Richard Hill added: “During the World Cup we will have extra officers on patrol across the county, and as part of their duties they will be looking out for anyone who they suspect drinking and driving.
“We’re advising fans who are planning to go out and have a drink while they watch the match to look at walking, taking a taxi or nominating a designated driver amongst their friends.”
As well as those watching the football matches, thousands are also expected to attend the Chester Races, Chester Regatta and Chester Music Festival this weekend.
Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said: “We want to ensure that everyone coming to Chester this Saturday has an enjoyable time in a safe atmosphere. The city is well experienced in hosting major events, and these extra measures will be in addition to the regular night time economy resources.”
An education campaign is also under way to inform visitors that Port-a-loos will be in place at key locations throughout the city.
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