Police step up World Cup patrols as hundreds are expected in the city center

PC Will Chan (à gauche) et le sergent par intérim Dave Bustin en patrouille à Southampton <i>(Image: Maya George, Newsquest)</i>”  data-src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/KLeoLlh_MGd6FBPcSm_F.A–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/daily_echo_904/01af4b01d07d24571a270819c8″ data src=”https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/KLeoLlh_MGd6FBPcSm_F.A–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY0MA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/daily_echo_904/01af4b01d07d24571a27d369c90″></div>
<p><figcaption class=PC Will Chan (left) and Acting Sergeant Dave Bustin on patrol in Southampton (Photo: Maya George, NewsQuest)

POLICE patrols will be reinforced Southampton tonight as England contest the World Cup.

Officers will be in and around the city center to ensure that all Soccer fans have a fun but safe night out.

Crowds of people are expected to flock to sports bars and pubs as England take on France in the quarter-finals.

As part of Operation Defender, there will be additional officers from the Response Teams and Patrol and Neighborhood Policing in the city centre.

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Additional resources from partners, including volunteers from St John’s Ambulance, will also be in the area to offer support if needed.

Their presence coincides with the annual drunk driving and drug enforcement campaign, Operation Holly.

The operation sees an increase in officer patrols and law enforcement activity throughout December.

With World Cup matches and Christmas celebrations taking place in December, officers are calling on all motorists to consider the consequences of impaired driving and to arrange alternative transportation.

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