TOWN centre revellers were given a safe drinking message last night on a mobile video screen in a pioneering move by police.

The giant three metre by two metre screen, which is fixed to the side of a van, was moved between problem hot-spots in Bradshawgate and Nelson Square to urge drinkers to be careful on the night the World Cup started.

Messages included: "Have fun on your night out but don't over-do it."

The mobile screens form part of a drive by police to make sure that the World Cup, which runs until July 9, remains trouble-free in Bolton.

Anyone caught behaving in a drunken or disorderly manner, or drinking in the street, will be subjected to fines or arrest.

Superintendent Dave Flitcroft said: "We want to make people who come to Bolton town centre aware that they are coming into a controlled environment.

"Any disorder will be dealt with fairly, swiftly and resolutely."