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World Cup street drinking ban in Leicestershire

Police and a local authority have applied for an order preventing people from drinking on the street during this summer's World Cup.

Harborough District Council wants the police to be able to confiscate alcohol in a bid to discourage anti-social and rowdy behaviour.

It follows trouble during the 2006 World Cup which resulted in a number of people being banned from town pubs.

The council hopes to have the order in place for the start of the tournament.

Wendy Martin, a community safety officer at the council, said: "This is to prevent rowdy behaviour which people find intimidating and threatening.

"We want people to be able to enjoy it but we don't want drinking on the streets which makes people feel anxious and unsafe."

The order would mean anyone who refused to hand over alcohol to police could receive an £80 on-the-spot fine or be arrested.

After England's first World Cup finals game four years ago, a crowd of more than 100 people took to the streets. There were reports of shouting, swearing and footballs being kicked at shop windows.



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