Fans told to behave for England clash

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FOOTBALL fans have been told to enjoy themselves but not to drink too much during the remaining games of the Euro 2012 football tournament.

Police have increased patrols during England games and have been very visible in Eastbourne town centre – with no arrests reported directly related to the football.

Earlier this month the East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership, which comprises the county council, Sussex Police, NHS and local Community Safety Partnerships, launched a the Watch. Enjoy. Remember campaign to encourage people to consider the consequences of drinking too much while enjoying the competition.

The alcohol safety campaign aims to blow the full-time whistle those who drink too much or cause trouble while watching the football.

The campaign highlights the danger of excess alcohol and shows the possible consequences of being drunk: including getting arrested for causing trouble.

Superintendent Neil Honnor said, “This campaign isn’t about telling people they can’t enjoy a few drinks and a bit of fun while watching the football. It is encouraging people to consider the consequences if they let their drinking get out of control. If you cause trouble before, during or after the match, you will be arrested.”

England’s next match is against Italy on Sunday at 7.45pm.

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