Watch Your Game during the 2014 World Cup

posted 19 Jun 2014, 08:07 by Yateley NW Sec

Published: Monday, June 9, 2014

A campaign to remind football supporters to drink sensibly and stay within the law has been launched across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley.

Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police are encouraging World Cup revellers to ‘Watch Your Game’ during the football festivities.

Police are expecting a rise in domestic abuse, drink driving and alcohol related violence while the World Cup runs throughout June and July.

In 2010-11 there were 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions (more than double the rate seen in 2002-03: 510,800 admissions) and around 15,000 deaths caused by alcohol.

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.

Alcohol misuse is linked to over half a million recorded crimes, and may contribute to as many as 1m assaults and about 125,000 instances of domestic violence.

Throughout June, both forces will be conducting drink/drug operations at all times throughout the day and night across the Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Every driver involved in a collision will also be breathalysed as a matter of course.

Hampshire’s 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.

Hampshire’s Superintendent Ben Snuggs and Shonagh Dillon, Chief Executive Officer at Aurora New Dawn LTD will be hosting a live Facebook chat on Monday, June 16, 2014 from 2pm to discuss domestic abuse. The live web chat will be hosted on the Hampshire Constabulary Facebook page.

Both forces will be tweeting using the hashtag #WatchYourGame during the World Cup.