Police warning ahead of the game against England


POLICE calls on football fans to make Sunday’s European final an “unforgettable evening for all the right reasons and not for regret”

England face Italy at 8 p.m. on Sunday and pubs and venues are expected to be filled with people gathering in groups to watch the big game.

Additional resources will be in place across Dorset with agencies reminding people to respect each other and behave responsibly while enjoying the game.

Dorset Police Deputy Chief Sam de Reya said: ‘Despite the social media calls Monday is not a public holiday, so that means the majority of our audience will be working on Monday and many parents will enjoy the school run.

“Please exercise restraint on Sunday, win or lose. The reality is that if you have a few to drink, it may take several hours before you are no longer under the influence and fit to be on the road. If you overstep the limits and get behind the wheel, you run the risk of being involved in a crash that can ruin lives – you may lose your job, be landed with a criminal record and even be convicted. to jail time.

“Our Dorset Police Officers will be on view throughout the weekend and patrol Monday mornings with breathalyzers to ensure road users act responsibly. We regularly analyze anyone involved in a collision, even if they are minor. Don’t take any chances, be reasonable and do the right thing.

“There will be no fan-zone events or large outdoor screens showing the Euro 2020 final in Dorset, which is a move we support alongside our partners. Working at reduced capacity in bars and pubs due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will be difficult for all fans to secure a place in a pub for the match without prior reservation.

“I couldn’t be more praiseworthy to our licensees across the country who have worked closely with our teams to deliver a secure Euro 2020 so far. If you haven’t reserved a seat in a venue, you need to plan ahead or just watch the game at home as most venues will put you off at the door.

“Our public must take some personal responsibility on Sunday for the safety of all of our communities. COVID-19 infection rates remain high across the region and restrictions are still in place. Before you leave the house to watch the game, or if you are hosting friends to watch the final at home, please do a lateral flow test and get the green light first.

The Covid-19 guidelines mean there is a limit to the number of people you can meet indoors, which is a maximum of two households or up to six people from different households. People can also meet other people outdoors, such as in private gardens or public spaces, but this is limited to 30 people.

Reya’s ACC said: “We have seen outpouring of emotions and groups coming together in public to celebrate full time in England’s previous games. While these have been in good spirits, our Officers will monitor any antisocial behavior and community tension.If you are asked to move and leave the area or stop blocking a road, please do so.

“The past 18 months have been difficult for all of us. Euro 2020 and the success of the national team were a welcome distraction. So please plan ahead, be respectful to one another, to those who work hard for your safety, and do not do anything that might endanger yourself or others.

“Last but not least, come to England! ”

Councilor Graham Carr-Jones, Community Safety Portfolio Holder at Dorset Council, said: “It is a very exciting time for the whole country as we watch England play their first final in 55 years. We have worked very hard with partners and licensees to keep the sites safe, so please, whatever the outcome on Sunday, act responsibly and safely.


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