With England just two wins away from World Cup glory police are reminding football fans to remember tonight’s semi-final match with Croatia for the right reasons.
Chief Superintendent Paul Timmins says: “We are delighted that England have reached a World Cup Semi-Final and are keen to ensure all our communities can enjoy this once in a generation event.
“We have seen around the country a vast majority of England fans enjoying the weather and the football without causing any disorder or disruption. Unfortunately a small minority have caused problems for emergency services.
“In Lincolnshire we will be prepared for increased numbers of people wishing to support England in public places and we will seek to ensure this passes off without disruption. We would ask that our public remember that regardless of the result this has been a successful World Cup for England and should be a time to celebrate peacefully. I’m sure no-one would want to recall this year’s World Cup as a time of trouble, violence and disruption.”
Excessive drinking can have very damaging consequences for those concerned, and sometimes for their families. Know your limits.
If you are planning to watch the match at a pub or other public screening event make sure you plan ahead and take responsibility for yourself and your friends. Think about how you are going to get home safely and do not accept lifts from strangers. Remember friends stick with friends and drink or drive.
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