AN increased policing presence will be seen across South Derbyshire in a bid to stamp on any football-related crime during the World Cup.
Nigel Lidsey, section inspector for Derby South, spoke to the Mail about plans currently being put in place to keep any flare-ups in the district to a minimum during the month-long tournament.
The first England game, which takes place on June 13 , will kick-off at 11pm, with pubs given special dispensation by the Government to open later than normal as a result.
However, police chiefs believe the extended opening hours will not lead to a ‘massive increase’ in incidents.
Insp Lidsey said: “We are currently finalising proposals that will see extra policing during England’s three group games.
“Extra officers, PCSOs and members of the special constabulary will be out in force across the district to ensure there are not issues as a result of late-night opening for at least the first game and during the other matches.
“We will be heading into pubs beforehand to speak to publicans and staff just to make sure that they take the right steps to ensure people have fun, but in a responsible manner.
“During the games we will also be out and about visiting pubs and keeping an eye on people, and speaking to them about their behaviour.
“We also believe that, due to the timings, many people will actually end up watching the games at home.
“Football-related trouble is normally kept to a minimum in the area and, by working together, we expect this to stay the same during this tournament.”
The work by the police has been backed by Pubwatch chiefs in the area, who said they would ‘support the force in their efforts’ during the World Cup.