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British police: 24-hour alcohol bans in Lens for Euro 2016

LONDON (AP) French authorities plan to impose 24-hour alcohol bans in the center of Lens when the city hosts European Championship games and ticketless fans are being urged to stay away from the small northern city, British police said Tuesday.

Lens will stage four games next month, including the British derby between England and Wales in Group B. Northern Ireland has also qualified for the tournament so there will be a British police presence across France to assist their French counterparts in Lens and other Euro 2016 host cities.

The alcohol ban will run for 24 hours in Lens from 6 a.m. on June 16 for England-Wales. Alcohol will be sold in the stadium but not in bars and stores in the center.