There will be an increase in police patrols during Euro 2016 to tackle boozy anti-social behaviour.

Cheshire Police have said they will be increasing the number of officers on the streets and also looking out for drink driving during the tournament.

The constabulary is launching an operation to target alcohol-related crime with the aim of helping fans enjoy the football.

Euro 2016 kicks off when hosts France play Romania on June 10. England face Russia and Wales will play Slovakia in their opening group games the following day.

Superintendent Luke McDonnell is leading the force-wide operation and wants to send a ‘clear message’ disorder will not be tolerated.

He said: “The year’s Euros will be particularly exciting as it is the first time that England, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales have all qualified.

England striker Harry Kane in action against Portugal. The Three Lions play their opening match of Euro 2016 against Russia on June 11

“This tournament is a time to join together and celebrate with their friends and family.

“While the majority of people will enjoy the four-week tournament sensibly, unfortunately, there is always a minority who will take advantage of the occasion and use it as an excuse to cause trouble.

“That is why we want to send out a clear message that any kind of disorder, violence or anti-social behaviour, whether it is alcohol-related or not, will not be tolerated.”

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As always before a major football tournament there is a sense of optimism about how far your team can go.

There is little argument the most intense game of the group stage for officers at least will be when England face Wales in Lens on June 16.

Gareth Bale will be hoping to lead Wales to a win over England on June 16

Expect pubs and anywhere else you can see a screen in Chester and across the border to be packed out with fans supporting both sides.

Cheshire Police said they are increasing the number of officers on patrols on key dates such as this.

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Officers will be keeping an eye out for drink and drug driving, while licensed premises will also be spot checked.

Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane said he backed the campaign to ‘ensure this great sporting event is a safe and happy one’.

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Supt McDonnell added: “We want to remind people that we will respond robustly to anyone committing offences or acting in an anti-social manner.

“By drinking sensibly and behaving responsibly we can all help to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.”

Anyone looking to report any incidents of alcohol related crime or anti-social behaviour is urged contact Cheshire Police on 101, or in an emergency dial 999.