CHESHIRE Police preparing for this year’s World Cup has successfully seized the passports of 35 offenders who were subject to football banning orders.

The offenders from across the county received letters to remind them that they were required to surrender their passports to the police.

Only one 30-year-old man from the Runcorn area failed to surrender his passport on time and was arrested on Sunday, June 8 for breach of a football banning order. He is currently on bail pending further enquiries.

Ch Supt Sarah Boycott said: "Disorderly or violent behaviour in Cheshire during the World Cup could result in a football banning order being applied for by the police, if the offenders are convicted of an offence related to the tournament celebrations.

"We hope that everyone enjoys the tournament and gets behind the England team, but we will respond robustly to anyone committing offences or acting in an anti-social manner.”

Football banning orders are part of football legislation which requires that anyone on a banning order must surrender their passport to the police 10 days before an international football tournament begins.

The order also states that offenders can only collect it the day after the tournament ends, whether England get to the final or not.

The orders, which last a minimum of 3 years, can be granted by the courts when someone is convicted of a football related offence.

They are issued to help to prevent violence and disorder at or in connection with football matches both home and abroad.

In addition to passport surrender, offenders must inform the police if they move house.

Courts can also impose numerous other conditions, such as being excluded from certain areas on match days, if this is felt necessary.