Posted: Tue 7th Jun 2016

Police urge footie fans in Flintshire to behave responsibly while watching Euro’s in pubs.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jun 7th, 2016

Police are urging football fans across Flintshire watching the Euro 2016 in pubs and public places to behave responsibly.

Police say “big sporting occasions not only bring people together in a positive way, but they can also play a part in incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour, including domestic abuse, often fuelled by excessive drinking.”

During the tournament North Wales Police officers will be on patrol with a special focus during the Wales games on a June 11, 16 and 20, and on further dates if the team progresses.

With the help of funding from the North Wales Substance Misuse Area Planning Board, which commissions local services including police, health and councils in tackling the misuse drugs and alcohol, the Force will be working with St John’s Ambulance in Flintshire.

Police and licensing authorities are reminding licensees to make sure they have suitable plans in place to deal with the anticipated increase of customers wanting to watch the tournament, which also includes home nations, England and Northern Ireland.

The British Beer & Pub Association has developed a guidance document with the support of the Local Government Association and the National Police Chiefs Council.

To help make Euro 2016 screenings a success pubs should benefit from this clear guidance, which forms a comprehensive checklist of issues for licensees to consider.

Supt Jane Banham said;

“We want people to enjoy themselves, but we know from experience that some people will come to harm due excessive alcohol and it is the emergency services and local councils who are left picking up the pieces.

“People need to take greater responsibility for themselves and their friends to reduce the likelihood of them being injured, becoming a victim of crime, or being involved in violence through excessive drinking.”

The Force says it will deal firmly with anyone who commits domestic abuse.

Supt Banham added;

“Domestic abuse happens all year round; however, during such large scale sporting events we sometimes see an increase in such incidents.

“A minority of people will use the occasion to drink too much alcohol and abuse their partner or someone they live with. We advise responsible drinking and we will deal immediately with anyone who commits domestic abuse.”

Soldiers walk past giant letters reading "UEFA EURO 2016" as they patrol on February 3, 2016, in Lille, northern France, where some of the Euro 2016 football matches will take place. The upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 European football championship will take place in France from June 10 to July 10, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

The Foreign office has issues travel advice to those heading to France for the tournament.

A national state of emergency will remain in place until 26 July, in order to cover the tournament period and other significant events like the Tour de France cycling race. Check the French government’s advice about what to do if a terrorist attack occurs. See Terrorism

Flooding is affecting road and rail travel, particularly in the Île-de-France area including Paris. The A10 motorway has been closed to all traffic in certain areas. For information on current motorway closures and suggested alternative routes, visit the Vinci Autoroutes website

Some areas have been, or will be temporarily evacuated. If you’re in an affected area, follow the instructions of the local authorities. For up-to-date information on the rivers that may flood, visit the Vigicrues website

Transport strikes across France have affected rail and air travel across France and Paris metro and bus services. These strikes are ongoing. Check with your travel provider or airline for the latest updates. You can find real time information on rail traffic on the SNCF website and on Paris metro and bus systems on the RATP website.

While there continue to be large numbers of illegal migrants in and around Calais, who may seek to enter the UK illegally, the security situation has improved significantly since the summer of 2015. Although the risk of incidents has decreased, you should keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic in and around Calais, and secure your vehicle when it’s left unattended.

There’s occasional disruption to cross channel services due to strike action and migrant activity in and around Calais. Check the website of your chosen operator before you set off. In the event of any disruption, information about alternative routes and operators is available via this interactive map.

Around 17 million British nationals visit France every year. Most visits are trouble-free. The most common problem reported is pick-pocketing. See Safety and security

The Emergency phone number in France is 112.

You should apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. If you already have an EHIC, make sure it hasn’t expired. Some medical costs aren’t covered by the EHIC so you should also take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. See Health

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