News : 33 per cent Rise in Domestic Violence Calls after England’s Euro 2016 Opener
West Yorkshire, UK, June 13, 2016 -- Calls to police from victims of domestic abuse in West Yorkshire rose by a third after England’s first Euro 2016 match.
West Yorkshire Police recorded a 33 per cent increase in 999 domestic abuse calls after the country’s football team drew 1-1 with Russia in their opening game on Saturday.
A total of 3,606 calls, including 999 and 101 calls, were received by the force Saturday between 8pm and 3am – an increase of 200 calls on the previous week.
Police are now warning people that "a moment’s madness" towards a partner during football drama will not be tolerated, and could lead to a lifetime of consequences.
Det Supt Darren Minton, of West Yorkshire Police’s Safeguarding Central Governance Unit, said: "Following on from England’s first match in the tournament, where they drew against Russia, our call handlers had a busy night taking calls from domestic abuse victims and also other calls relating to anti-social behaviour.
"So far, the number of reported domestic abuse related incidents has shown that there has been a rise when England has been playing and I would like to reiterate our message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated and a moment’s madness towards a partner during the drama of the football can lead to a lifetime of consequences.
"These could be anything from prison terms for violent offences, loss of access to children, loss of access to social housing, the break-up of relationships and also bans from pubs or other public places."
Control room staff posted information on Twitter about call levels and incidents throughout the evening on Saturday to help paint a picture of how busy its officers were.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2016