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North East football fans warned to keep a cool head

As England prepare to kick off their World Cup campaign this evening, fans in the North East are being warned not allow all the excitement turn to violence and disorder.

Northumbria Police say extra officers will be patrolling areas across the force during games, particularly England matches, to stop high spirits turning into alcohol-fuelled violences, particularly in bars and pubs.

Police will seek to have Football Banning Orders imposed on anyone arrested for a violence-related offence while watching a World Cup match at a licensed premises should they be subsequently convicted.

"Officers have been working with licensed premises across the force to find out what they've got planned for screening the games and we will continue to work with them throughout the duration of the tournament. "We know the vast majority of fans will enjoy matches in a sensible and responsible way. However, we of course like to make sure we have officers on hand to respond to any eventuality."

– Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer, Northumbria Police