Apparently, and I have to take other people's word for it, Euro 2012 is soon to descend upon the waiting world.
I am not, nor ever have been, a football fan; therefore the forthcoming event will pass me by in the same manner as a gnat flapping its wings in Asia Pacific does.
Anyhoo, I am pleased to be able to advise you (thanks to uber loyal reader Tonk for pointing it out) that Nanny's Thames Valley Police have issued some helpful advice (and a video) for the forthcoming festivities to those who wish to get drunk.
I don't doubt their good intentions, or indeed the veracity of the advice. However, I very much doubt that the cretins who are intent on drinking themselves into a fighting stupor will read or take notice of the advice.
Here is an extract:
"Thames Valley Police would like to highlight to those who are planning on drinking too much throughout the football tournament, the consequences of getting involved in a fight.
Apart from being banned from your favourite local pub, getting involved in a fight can land you a night in a cell and a criminal record for life
You could end up seriously injuring yourself or someone else and these could have life changing health implications
Getting into trouble with the law could be seen as gross misconduct by your employer and you could lose your job
Having a criminal record could make it very difficult for you to get another job
You may not be able to travel to America if you have a criminal conviction. Travelling to a country where you need a visa or if you need a working permit can be very difficult with a criminal record
Your car insurance could go up. Having a criminal record will make it difficult to get any other kind of insurance
To get a mortgage you have to disclose any unspent convictions
Colleges and Universities will have their own policies about misconduct and getting in trouble with the police could have a knock on effect with your education.
Lying to your employer or on any kind of application which asks you to disclose any criminal convictions could be seen as fraud and lead to a further conviction."
It is ironic that they also say that:
"There is a widely held view that large football tournaments can lead to a rise in violence against the person offences. This doesn’t appear to be the case as violence against the person crime figures have dropped by 23.9% across Thames Valley in 2012 since 2011."So does this advice really work, or is it a case that Nanny likes to show us that she is doing something?
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