People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being warned that domestic abuse will not be tolerated ahead of England’s next World Cup match.
More than 40 domestic abuse incidents were reported to police following England’s first game in South Africa on June 12 – a rise of more than 50 per cent on a normal Saturday evening.
And following a number or arrests police are issuing a fresh warning ahead of the team’s next game on Friday (June 19).
Assistant Chief Constable Jane Sawyers, who is co-ordinating the force’s policing operation, said:
“It’s utterly unacceptable that anyone thinks they can assault their partner simply because of a football match in South Africa. If people behave in this way, we will strive to put them in prison.
“Staffordshire Police treats domestic abuse very seriously and our message to victims is to contact us and we will do all we can to protect you.
“While it’s not unusual for an increase in such crimes when the national team plays, such behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Our officers will continue to visit and monitor repeat offenders and victims while working closely with partner agencies to support those affected.
“Staffordshire Police has a well-established policy of taking positive action in respect of this type of crime. Where evidence exists offenders will be arrested and dealt with accordingly. There is simply no excuse for domestic abuse.”
Victims of domestic abuse are urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 44 55 or 999 in an emergency. The national domestic violence helpline is a free service, open 24 hours a day, and can be contacted on 0808 2000 247.
A videocast message about domestic abuse was launched at the same time as the tournament and can be viewed at www.youtube.com/staffordshirepolice.