Bristol

Bristol World Cup big screen fan park bans alcohol

Police guarding fence
Image caption At one point on Saturday sections of the security fence were torn down

Alcohol is to be banned from Bristol's World Cup fan park and people wanting to watch the next England game will now have to get a ticket beforehand.

Security arrangements were reviewed after people were turned away from Queen's Square on Saturday for safety reasons due to a lack of space.

The metal fences will remain and the houses surrounding the square will serve as the boundary.

The council said it wanted to make the event more family friendly.

A park for 11,000 fans was set up in Queen's Square but hundreds of fans, who turned up to watch England's first game, were refused entry as organisers closed the venue.

'Drunk and unruly'

At one point on Saturday a section of security fencing was torn down after angry confrontations between the public and officials.

John House, from Bristol City Council, said: "The event on Saturday was fantastic but there was some drunk and unruly behaviour which did spoil it for some.

"We want to make sure we take measures to ensure it doesn't happen again so we're going to do three things.

"All England matches will be ticketed, we're going to make it a dry event with no alcohol allowed and we're going to ensure the fencing is much better and use the borderline of the square to make sure the event is kept safe."

People wanting to see the next match on 18 June can apply for tickets, which are free, in person at a special desk in Colston Hall on Colston Street.

They will be available on 16 and 17 June between 1000 and 2000 BST and from 1000 to 1400 BST on 18 June.

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