THERE will be an increased police presence on the streets of Warrington during the World Cup.

Cheshire Police says extra officers will be on show around pubs and bars across the county but especially in Chester, Crewe and Warrington to ensure people enjoy the celebrations safely and to deter any anti-social or criminal behaviour.

Supt Luke McDonnell, overseeing the policing operation for the World Cup, said: “The World Cup is a fantastic tournament and should be a time for the community to have fun and join in with the celebrations.

“To ensure everyone watches the World Cup safely, communities can expect to see officers out and about across the county making sure people are drinking and behaving responsibly.

"There will be an increased policing presence in Chester, Crewe and Warrington, particularly around licensed premises during the evening and into the night to provide further reassurance and protection to communities.”

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The operational work to be carried out by officers for the World Cup is part of the force’s county-wide ‘Street Safe’ initiative, which aims to protect communities from anti-social behaviour and public space violence.

Supt McDonnell added: “We know how much fans are looking forward to the World Cup 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.”

Anyone who sees any anti-social or suspicious behaviour is asked to report it to an officer or call Cheshire Police on 101.