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Last Updated: Friday, 28 April 2006, 06:07 GMT 07:07 UK
Pubs checked ahead of World Cup
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A crowd laid siege to the Red Lion in Thetford in 2004
Police are checking pubs in Norfolk ahead of this summer's World Cup to stop a repeat of trouble which flared during the 2004 Euro Cup competition.

They are inspecting supervision and safety at licensed premises.

The move follows violent scenes at the Red Lion pub in Thetford two years ago, described by a judge as one of Norfolk's worst disturbances.

The World Cup police campaign is backed by the Fire Service, Norwich City, Broadland and South Norfolk Councils.

Insp Peter Walsh said to minimise the possibility of disorder, officers were contacting licensed premises to make sure they were planning carefully for the competition.

"We have a range of options available if premises are poorly managed or there is evidence of an offence. Prosecutions can be launched and premises could be closed," he said.

Eight people were injured when a mob hurled missiles at the Portuguese-run Red Lion after England's defeat in Euro 2004.


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