6:00am Thursday 5th June 2014
By Chris Gee
Pubs in Chorley have been given a World Cup warning from police ahead of the month-long festival of football.
Hundreds are expected to enjoy the big games from Brazil in the town centre pubs and bars from the June 12 kick of to the final on July 13.
But licensees who do not adhere to guidelines issued by police have been told they could face action if there is any serious crime or disorder surrounding the England games.
A letter has been issued from Lancashire Police’s Southern Division licensing officer Sgt Tony Bushell giving a series of recommendations for all England games and the World Cup Final.
Among them are the strict use of plastic glasses and the stipulation that bottles and cans must be decanted into plastic glasses.
Door staff numbers must be kept at the same level as Saturday nights and staff are to remove pool cues and other items which could be used as weapons.
The nominated premises supervisor must be on duty for those games and extra glass collectors should be employed and skips storing empty bottles should be emptied before the games.
England play their opening game against Italy in Manaus on Saturday, June 14.
Pubs are expected to be very busy as the game kicks off at 11pm on what is traditionally the busiest night of the week anyway.
England’s subsequent games are at 8pm on Thursday, June 19 against Uruguay with the final group game against Costa Rica kicking of at 5pm on Tuesday, June 24.
Should Roy Hodgson’s men progress from their group they will play a knock out game on the weekend of June 28 and 29.
Sgt Bushell’s letter finishes: “Should a serious violent incident occur in premises as a result of this advice not being implemented the full weight of the Licensing Act 2003 will be considered.”
Ivan Lynas, who runs the Imperial on Union Street is Chorley’s longest serving landlord.
Having previously run Harry’s Bar in the town he has experience of many football tournaments.
He said: “It should be a fantastic occasion for people to come out and enjoy the games together.
“On the whole I think the guidelines are broadly sensible but it does add to the cost, especially for independent pubs.
“It costs about £35 for a case of polycarbonate glasses and that can mount up but I will be sticking to the guidance and bringing in doorstaff.
“There has never been any serious trouble in the past during the games and I’m sure that will continue. Let’s all get behind England and enjoy it.”
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