NORTH Yorkshire Police say sufficient resources will be deployed to deal with a busy evening in York when a World Cup match is played only hours after a race meeting.

A city landlord warned earlier this week that the match on Saturday, June 14, which kicks off at 11pm, will come on a York raceday, and police could face a tough job if pubs everywhere opened late to screen the game.

His comments came after the Prime Minister overruled a Home Office decision to refuse permission across the country to extend opening hours for the match.

A force spokeswoman said North Yorkshire Police had successfully policed multiple events in York on a number of occasions.

“In this case, we will ensure the necessary resourcing is in place to deal with the anticipated increase in visitors to the city.”

She said many York venues already had later licences but chose not to open late on a regular basis.