FOOTBALL fans celebrating or commiserating England's result against Croatia on Wednesday night are being urged to enjoy the game responsibly.

More police officers will be on the streets to ensure that everyone remains safe to enjoy the game, which kicks off at 7pm.

In recent week, revellers have filled the streets of Reading town centre to celebrate the national side's progress in the FIFA World Cup.

But Thames Valley Police is reminding fans that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated, after CCTV images of fans throwing bottles and cans were released.

Chief Inspector Colleen Lavery, based at the Joint Operations Unit, said: “We are working to ensure that our local communities remain safe to watch the game.

“Although the vast majority of supporters will enjoy the game responsibly, it only takes a few individuals to spoil the atmosphere for everyone else.

"There have been a number of incidents in the Thames Valley over the last few weeks ranging from an ambulance being damaged through to public disorder.

Reading Chronicle:

“This is a peak period of demand for the emergency services. Please do not take critical emergency resources away from those who really need it by behaving recklessly.

“We would like to remind everybody to drink responsibly and that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. Dispersal Notices will be issued against offenders where appropriate, which could result in them missing the game.

“To report any incidents of anti-social behaviour, please call Thames Valley Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please only call 999 in an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life.”