POLICE have offered Croydon's pubs strongly-worded advice ahead of the World Cup. The last World Cup saw less trouble in the town centre but police are still fearful of a repeat of the disturbances of the European Championships in 2004. Pubs are being recommended by Croydon Council to employ extra door staff for bigger games and to use plastic glasses. Although police are not explicitly insisting on the measures, they have added a caveat to say pubs' licences could be put up before Croydon Council's licensing committee if they "do not engage with this process". Chief Inspector Duncan Slade, officer in charge of Croydon Metropolitan Police Service's operation for the World Cup, said: "The message from us is simple. We want people to come to Croydon, enjoy the World Cup and have a good time. "If, however, you choose to cause trouble, then we will have officers on hand and you will be dealt with robustly." Chief Inspector Slade also promised extra officers on patrol and on stand-by across Croydon. Some pubs have been granted late licences for England's game against Italy on June 14, which does not kick off until 11pm. Fans are also being advised to plan their journeys home – especially if they plan on drinking alcohol - and to not use un-licensed taxis.
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