Police target domestic abuse during Euro 2012
PUBLISHED: 10:30 07 June 2012
DOMESTIC abuse during the Euro 2012 football tournament will not be tolerated, police have warned.
Statistics from the 2010 World Cup show domestic abuse reports rise by about 25 per cent on England match days.
The day after England lost 4-1 to Germany, reports of domestic abuse rose by 32 per cent.
Police are now stressing that reports will be taken very seriously and offenders will be prosecuted.
Officers will also be visiting known offenders and victims of domestic abuse to offer help and support and remind people of steps police can take to tackle the problem.
Police also said other factors – such as weekends, hot weather and early kick-offs leading to longer time spent drinking – may play a part.
Det Insp Peter Highway, of the Avon and Somerset Police Public Protection Unit, said: ”It is not necessarily watching football, or the success of the team, that is the key factor but the fact that alcohol is involved. The proportion of cases of domestic abuse where the offender has been drinking prior to the offence is extremely high.
“But no matter what the circumstances, there is no excuse for this kind of behaviour. We want to encourage anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse to report it to the police so that we can take positive steps to address it.
“Offences of this type are just as unacceptable at this time of year as at any other time and we will deal robustly with those who perpetrate this crime.”