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Checks at East Midlands Airport to deter hooligans

Police have been checking the passports of hundreds of people flying from East Midlands Airport for the World Cup.

The operation is aimed at preventing hooligans who have football banning orders going to the competition.

Leicestershire Police said 55 people currently had banning orders and most had surrendered their passports in lead-up to the event in South Africa.

But there was still a small number who had not complied and officers were looking for them at the airport.

A spokesman for the force said letters had been sent to the 55 and the majority had handed over their documents.

But where people had not complied officers had been sent to their homes to speak to them.

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