More police on patrol in Hull during World Cup

image captionPolice urged football fans to alternate between alcoholic and soft drinks

Police are planning an increased presence in Hull during the World Cup as officers try to reduce crime and violence, the force has said.

Humberside Police said it wanted to provide "a reassuring presence" during the tournament.

Extra officers will be on patrol around the city's pubs and bars during every England game.

A campaign for fans to alternate between alcoholic and soft drinks was also started by the force.

'Visible presence'

Sgt Andy Parsons, of Humberside Police, said: "We expect some people will finish work and go to watch the first match of the day at 4pm, and then stay to watch the second match.

"They could still be in the pub at 10pm, and that could have serious implications for people who are not used to drinking large quantities, because it may cause them to behave in a way which can result in them becoming the victim or perpetrator of crime."

Part of the force's plans to police Hull include a response car manned by both police and paramedics and checks to ensure door staff are adequately trained to deal with disorder.

"We are expecting more people in the pubs during the tournament our aim is to provide a reassuring presence for the public by being visible when we are needed most," Sgt Parsons said.

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