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Police urge people to think before ringing 999 as force prepares for record weekend of calls

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to think before calling police as officers deal with an expected spike in calls.

Police officers on patrol

Police officers on patrol

England’s World Cup quarter-final against Sweden and the warm weather mean Staffordshire Police are bracing themselves for an expected record weekend of calls.

Last weekend saw the force receive high levels of calls about anti-social behaviour and drink-related incidents, with officers asking people to only use 999 when there’s an immediate threat to life or property – and only call 101 to report a crime that’s already happened.

Superintendent Ricky Fields from Staffordshire Police said: “We are looking forward to a great weekend of sun and football and want everyone to have an enjoyable time. I am confident we have anticipated all eventualities and will provide an excellent service to the public, despite the challenging weather and level of demand expected.

“I would urge fans to think carefully about their behaviour during and after the match. While we don’t want to prevent people from enjoying themselves, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and could result in you being arrested.

“We are committed to supporting the people of Staffordshire, and want to provide the best service we possibly can. We all need to work together to achieve this.”

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