POLICE in Burton are reminding people that ‘domestic abuse is never OK’ ahead of the start of the World Cup.
Staffordshire Police revealed it would be placing impactful posters at all licensed premises and doctors’ surgeries focusing on domestic abuse, alcohol-related disorder and drink-drinking – all offences that increase during football tournaments.
During the last World Cup in 2010, incidents of domestic abuse increased by 25 per cent on days when England played international football games – and by 10 per cent the following day.
Chief Inspector Dave Bird said: “We want the people of Staffordshire to have a good time and enjoy an action-packed month of football, one that we only see every four years.
“However, the tournament is not an excuse and there will be no tolerance for those caught driving under the influence, those crossing the line with domestic abuse and those causing disorder.
“We are working hard to ensure our communities remain safe and reassured and remember the World Cup 2014 for all the right reasons.”
High-visibility police teams will be out and about in Burton town centre to offer reassurance to those who will be watching the matches in pubs and clubs, and to deal with any issues that arise.
People planning to enjoy the World Cup are encouraged to heed the following advice:
• If you need to go to a cash point, go before you have an alcoholic drink;
• Before you go out, arrange how you are going to get home – organise a lift in advance; and
• Don’t drink and drive. The potential consequences of killing yourself or someone else is not worth the risk, and remember that you could still be above the legal alcohol limit for driving the following morning.