Police issue advice to football fans ahead of England’s Euro 2024 opener

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With the England football team kicking off their Euro 2024 campaign in Germany this weekend, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary are asking the public to watch and celebrate the tournament safely.

Large numbers of people are expected to gather in pubs, clubs and homes to enjoy the atmosphere and excitement. 

This increased activity, coupled with the warm summer weather, can lead to an increase in the risk of public order incidents, anti-social behaviour and violence. We have been planning ahead to ensure additional resources will be in place on match-days.

Chief Inspector Chris Spellerberg said: “Euro 2024 will be a fantastic event and we want people to enjoy watching the tournament with friends and families in the right spirit.

“We know the vast majority of supporters will enjoy themselves responsibly with no interest in causing trouble. However, for a minority, with alcohol and warmer weather combined, that excitement can spill over into anti-social behaviour, disorder and domestic abuse.

“We will not tolerate such behaviour and will relentlessly pursue those who use the event to commit crime and disorder.

“On England match days we will have more officers maintaining a highly visible and reassuring presence to keep our communities safe for everyone. Please do come and say hello and tell our officers about any issues that concern you. 

“Our local policing teams will continue to work in partnership with local authorities and local commissioned services as part of their patrols in order to form a robust response to any incidents that may occur, while also seeking to prevent offending occurring in the first instance.” 

It is a sad reality that football tournaments can mean an increased risk of domestic abuse for many people in the UK.

Across the UK during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, there was a 26% increase in reported incidents of domestic violence after a win or draw, a 38 per cent increase after a defeat and an 11% increase the next day, win or lose.

Police have added extra resources for key dates over the Euro 2024 football tournament to provide the best response for domestic abuse victims and their families. They will be deploying joint patrol cars, teaming officers with Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs), to provide an effective response to incidents, courtesy of the force’s partnership with the charity Aurora New Dawn.

If you’re a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there’s an emergency that’s ongoing or life is in danger, please call 999 immediately. You can also report incidents via 101 or through the police’s dedicated online portal here: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/ro/report/domestic-abuse/a1/report-domestic-abuse/

Under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme police can release information to you about any previous history of violence or abuse a current partner, or ex-partner, might have.

You can also request information about the current or ex-partner of a friend or relative because you’re worried they might be at risk of domestic abuse.

To make an application for information under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme please visit https://www.hampshire.police.uk/rqo/request/ri/request-information/cl/triage/v2/request-information-under-clares-law/

For details of domestic abuse support organisations, please visit https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-organisations/

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