Cumbria Constabulary are urging people to stay safe if they watch or take part in this weekend’s Uppies and Downies event in Workington.
The traditional event, which has no formal organiser, takes place from Friday (April 19) and usually attracts large crowds.
Inspector Rachel Gale said: “We would like to wish everyone well ahead of Uppies and Downies.
“We ask people to be safe – to think of their own safety and the safety of others and to also be aware of their surroundings.
“People need to take particular care with regards to private land and property.
“They need to take care with their behaviour and actions when the ball comes into close proximity with cars and other property.
“While the vast majority of people who take part in Uppies and Downies do so in a positive spirit, the police will not accept people using the event as an excuse to commit criminal damage and behave in an antisocial manner.
“Officers will be on hand. If offences are identified, those responsible can expect to be held accountable.”
Extra officers and resources will be deployed to the event to help ensure it passes off safely for all.
Parents are urged to speak to their children ahead of their attending the event to make sure they are aware of the safety advice.
People should be especially careful of the risks posed by large crowds, leading to potentially serious injuries, as well as trips, sprains and bruises.
Those taking part are asked to be particularly careful when entering or considering entering any water.
This can put people at particularly high risk and is not recommended.
People should refer to any advice on flooding and water safety issued by the Environment Agency and the Royal Life Saving Society.