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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