WORLD CUP: Enjoy the tournament responsibly, say police


Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:06am 14th June 2018.

Both Hampshire and Wiltshire Police will be getting out on extra patrols during the football games in the next few weeks.

As the World Cup gets underway this afternoon (Thursday June 14th), there's a plea from Hampshire and Wiltshire Police for us to enjoy the tournament safely.

Both forces are putting plans in place to try and ensuring the football passes off safely.

One area that's being focussed on by Hampshire Police is tackling domestic violence during the matches, particularly when England are involved.

Research conducted by Lancaster University criminologist, Dr Stuart Kirby, revealed that domestic abuse rose after England games in the last three World Cups.

In one force area, violent incidents rose by 38% when England lost, but even rose by 26% when they won.


Hampshire Police say they're already prepared for any potential rises in domestic violence by getting more officers on duty during England's first three matches (June 18th, 24th and 28th).

They'll be getting out on dedicated patrols dealing with any reports of abuse.

Chief Inspector Mike Haines said:

"While the World Cup is a source of sporting celebration, we also know the tournament leads to an increase in both alcohol related violence and domestic abuse. These additional officers will be on duty not only to be deployed to incidents of domestic abuse, but also to follow up domestic abuse incidents that other officers have attended.

"These follow up visits will enable our officers to spend more time with victims of abuse and help them with safeguarding, with contacting other agencies that can help them and working with them to make them and their homes safer. Our officers will also be able to continue the early investigation and gather the best possible evidence because they will have more time to dedicate to each case."

Additional officers will be on duty on World Cup Final day on July 15th, and the force will assess the need for additional resources for other matches as the tournament progresses.


The force is concentrating their efforts on large groups of people gathering and drinking while watching the World Cup matches.

They're working closely with licensed premises to make sure it's safe for supporters.

Wiltshire Police also tell us it's possible that additional staff may be drafted in when necessary.

They've given some advice:


World Cup 2018 Wiltshire Police Advice


Inspector Martyn Sweett is overseeing the preparations for tournament related policing in Wiltshire, he said:

"We want everyone to enjoy the World Cup, but to also be mindful of their behaviour and to act responsibly. The vast majority of people are intent on enjoying the tournament, but with emotions running high and alcohol being consumed, it can lead to other issues such as drink-related disorder, hate-crime, or drink-driving.

"We are always prepared for events like the World Cup and have a plan in place, which may involve additional staff being deployed at certain times during the tournament when necessary."

There's more advice from Wiltshire Police on their website.

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