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Avon and Somerset police target Euro football hooligans

Known football hooligans will be targeted by Avon and Somerset police ahead of England's Euro 2012 qualifying game in Switzerland next week.

Sixty local fans who hold football banning orders (FBOs) must hand their passports into a police station by 3 September.

Police will be at Bristol Airport to stop "risk" fans flying to Switzerland on Saturday for Tuesday's match.

Special passport scanning machines will be used to spot potential hooligans.

Force football officer Roger Thayer said: "Sometimes, 'risk fans' from outside this force area may try to fly from Bristol but we will be ready.

"Anyone with a FBO who does not surrender their passport or obtain an exemption could be arrested under the conditions of their banning orders and may face fines or even a custodial sentence.

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