World Cup fever has gripped the nation – but England fans are being warned not to let excitement get the better of them.
Banners supplied by the Fylde Community Safety Partnership are being displayed across the Fylde coast warning of the dangers of over-drinking, which can have serious consequences.
Coun Cheryl Little, Fylde Council cabinet member for social wellbeing, said: “We want people to enjoy the tournament – but party sensibly.
“We know that some of the games are being played late at night and that people may combine the match with a party or even a barbecue. The dangers are clear: people may be driving into work the next day while still over the drink-drive limit.
“There are also fire dangers related to excessive drinking as people put chip-pans on and then forget about them, or even fail to properly extinguish a cigarette.
“Bad behaviour is always the preserve of a minority, but it won’t be tolerated and there will be extra police patrols in possible hotspots and also more drink-drive checks.
“People should enjoy the tournament – but take care to keep their partying within sensible limits.”