Sussex Police Warn Football Trouble Won't Be Tolorated

Saturday 11th June 2016

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Football fans in Eastbourne are being warned that trouble won’t be tolerated during Euro 2016.

Sussex Police are upping their patrols during the tournament and are working closely with the Borough Council and licensee from pubs and clubs to deter problems, before they arise.

Chief Inspector Justina Beeken said: "Any individuals brought to our attention will be dealt with efficiently to ensure their behaviour does not affect others, the vast majority of which will be law-abiding fans out to watch their team and have a good time.”

Officers will also be increasing patrols as part of Operation Dragonfly – the summer campaign run jointly by Surrey and Sussex Police's Road Policing Unit to crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

In addition, extra resources will be available to respond to reports of domestic abuse.

Chief Insp Beeken added: "Reports of domestic abuse can increase around the time of big sporting events such as this, and we would encourage any victims to come forward. All reports of domestic abuse will be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.

"It's important to note that the counties of Surrey and Sussex are very diverse places. They each have a large number of residents, visitors and students from overseas whose national teams may be involved in the tournament, and we want them to be able to enjoy the tournament as well. They will, of course, be subject to the same rules as everyone else.

"Our main message to fans is to have fun and enjoy Euro 2016, but please behave and drink responsibility – or be prepared to face the consequences."

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