World Cup message from police

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


DRINK-DRIVING, domestic violence and violent crime are all expected to rise during the World Cup, according to the police.

The prediction has prompted a message from Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Thames Valley police, urging revellers to 'Watch Your Game.’

A spokesman said: "Historically, we see a rise in domestic abuse incidents during large football events such as the World Cup. Nationally, during the last World Cup in 2010 there was an increase in domestic abuse incidents of 27 per cent compared to the same period the previous year."

The spokesman said alcohol misuse was linked to more than 500,000 recorded crimes.

Every driver involved in a collision will also be breathalysed and there will be special drink and drug operations taking place around the region.

Hampshire Community Safety and Licensing Inspector Justin Roberts said: "The World Cup is a fantastic event and we want everyone to be able to go out and enjoy it and not have their evening ruined by drunken violence.

"Plans are in place to conduct additional high visibility patrols in the night time economy areas during the World Cup matches.

"We are working closely with our partner agencies, the licensing trade members and other stakeholders to minimise the impact of alcohol related harm, crime, and disorder during the 2014 World Cup."


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by matthew eldridge

11th June 2014, at 13:38:19

makes me laugh they expect a rise in crime so what do they do shut down ryde police stations front desk idiotic

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by James McAdder

10th June 2014, at 21:35:22

Drink drivers are bad enough, but men who hit women are the lowest and most cowardly form of scum.

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by Jack Woodford

10th June 2014, at 21:34:57

Peter. Late night drinking causes people to commit violent offences - not international football tournaments shown on terrestrial TV.
Linking World Cup to violence is lazy and simplistic. Just because there was (apparently) a rise in domestic violence during the last world cup does not mean that increase was caused by the world cup. It's the classic but misunderstood difference between correlation and causation.
Bad darts by the boys in blue.

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by Peter Glasgow

10th June 2014, at 18:49:57

It's not lazy steriotyping Jack. If you read the article it doesn't even say that football fans are responsible for the crimes. It simply states a fact - World Cup football matches appear to encourage certain members of our society to commit violent offences. Facts are facts.

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by Jack Woodford

10th June 2014, at 16:08:12

Excellent, so that's all supporters of the national game demonised. I suspect that those arrested during the last World Cup were not football fans but simply scum which had they been punished suitably for earlier offences would not be at liberty to continue offending.
This is lazy stereotyping designed to grab topical headlines rather than address the root causes of crime. Pathetic.

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