A police force says there will be a “high-visibility police presence” at train stations and in the town centre for Watford’s match against Luton Town.

Hertfordshire Constabulary says additional police officers will be brought in for the match at Vicarage Road on Saturday at 12.30pm.

The game was due to kick off at 3pm, but this was moved on police advice.

An early kick-off was the force’s preference as it looks to minimise any possible impact on residents and businesses if fans choose to ignore warnings not to travel to Watford.

The Championship match between Watford and Luton Town is being played behind closed doors due to COVID-19 restrictions. It will not be shown on TV or in pubs.

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls said: “I want to reassure our local communities that we are working closely with our colleagues in Bedfordshire, Watford Borough Council and the respective football clubs to limit anti-social behaviour and disorder.

“We will have a high-visibility police presence at train stations and in city centres across Hertfordshire to make sure the match goes ahead peacefully as planned. I would like to remind supporters of both teams of the new Government rules of the ‘rule of six’ – no more than six people can meet in a group indoors or outdoors.”

He added: “Anyone who comes into Hertfordshire to cause criminal damage, violence or anti-social behaviour can expect to be arrested.

“If you have any information about supporters who intend to cause disruption, please report online at herts.police.uk/Report/ or call 101 in confidence.”