Cheshire Constabulary are reminding residents across the region to enjoy Euro 2024 responsibly, after the tournament kicked off over the weekend.

As football supporters across the county unite for the global event, authorities are reinforcing the importance of celebrating safely.

As part of public protection strategies, the constabulary has been issuing Football Banning Orders to individuals who've caused disorder at past football events.

They are required to surrender their passports, restricting them from travelling to Germany for the tournament.

Emotions are expected to soar, and with alcohol intake likely to increase, fans are urged to avoid hostile situations and join fellow fans in the spirit of the game.

Superintendent Claire Jesson, overseeing Cheshire Police’s policing operation for Euro 2024, said: "The Euros is a fantastic tournament and should be a time for people to have fun and join in with the celebrations.

"There will be an increased policing presence in Chester, Crewe and Warrington, particularly at licensed premises and fan zone events during evenings and weekends to provide further reassurance.

"To ensure everyone watches the tournament safely, you can expect to see officers out and about across the county making sure people are drinking and behaving responsibly."

Authorities are also warning residents about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Even one drink can considerably affect a driver’s reactions.

Superintendent Jesson added: "Alcohol and drugs significantly reduce reaction time, making it harder to react quickly to unexpected situations on the road.

"Concentration and vision can also be significantly impaired, making it difficult to see clearly and focus on the task of driving.

"This combination of factors drastically increases the risk of serious and even fatal collisions."

She added: "We know how much fans are looking forward to the Euros and it is important people know we aren’t here to spoil the fun, but to instead ensure the minority don’t ruin it for the majority and everyone can celebrate safely."

Cheshire residents are told to report any suspicious or anti-social behaviour to Cheshire Police on 101 or to an officer.