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Police warn on football related abuse

Police are urging domestic abuse victims not to suffer in silence during the Euro 2012 tournament.

Reported incidents of domestic abuse rose by nearly 30 per cent on England football match days during the World Cup in 2006.

Nearly half of all suspects in such cases were drunk.

West Mercia Police wants is encouraging domestic abuse sufferers during the tournament not to tolerate it and to report incidents to the police.

Posters have been distributed across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire urging people to "Show domestic abuse the red card".

"Domestic abuse is a serious crime that should not and will not be tolerated. It must be made clear to offenders that the tension of high-profile matches does not give them any justification.

"I know people are disappointed when their team loses a game but there is absolutely no excuse for taking it out on your family. Many people will be watching Euro 2012, supporting England and most enjoy a drink - but they don't take it to excess.

"Domestic violence and abuse affects families, it affects victims who suffer harm and it can have a devastating effect on the lives of children."

"Don't suffer in silence - help is available. We work closely with local authorities and support groups to provide support for victims, encourage them to report abuse and effectively prosecute offenders.

"If you or somebody you know needs confidential help or advice, blow the whistle on domestic abuse and call the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 783 1359.

'You can also call the police on 0300 333 3000. In an emergency always dial 999."

– Sharon Avery, Detective Sergeant, West Mercia Police

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