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World Cup warning for North East hooligans

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Hooligans will be stopped from travelling to South Africa

Almost 130 football hooligans in the North East of England have been warned that they will not be allowed to travel the World Cup in South Africa.

Letters have been sent to people with football banning orders in the Northumbria and Durham force areas.

They have been reminded to hand in their passports and report to police stations before every England fixture.

Police said officers would monitor airports this summer for troublemakers trying to reach the tournament.

Supt Steve Neill, of Northumbria Police, said: "We will be strictly enforcing any breach of football banning orders.

"If any of those subject to an order fail to adhere to the conditions of their football banning order they will be arrested."

Of the 128 warning letters sent out this week, 36 were issued to hooligans in Newcastle, 31 in Sunderland, 20 in County Durham, 17 in Gateshead, 10 in South Tyneside and seven each in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Football banning orders range from three to 10 years and can be issued to people who are convicted of a relevant football-related offence or to those who persistently engage in violence and disorder at football matches.

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