Tyne & Wear

Extra Newcastle Airport patrols before World Cup

Newcastle Airport
Image caption Uniformed and plain clothed officers will be on duty

Northumbria Police officers are carrying out additional patrols at the region's International Airport ahead of the start of the World Cup.

They aim to prevent known hooligans travelling to South Africa.

The force is currently monitoring 163 people who are the subject of Football Banning Orders.

These are issued to those convicted of a football-related offence or who persistently engage in violence and disorder at matches.

Both uniformed and plain-clothed officers are taking part in the patrols.

Chief Inspector Jackie Clark of Northumbria Police's Operations Command said: "We take enforcement action against those people who breach their banning orders and specialist football officers will be based at Newcastle International Airport during the World Cup to deter, detect and apprehend any individual intending to attend the event to engage in violence or disorder."

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