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Plea to show domestic violence the red card during World Cup

Greater Manchester Police saw a 43 per cent increase in calls reporting domestic abuse following England's defeat in 2010.

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Domestic violence warning ahead of the World Cup

Greater Manchester Police are urging the public to show domestic abuse the red card this World Cup.

The facts:

  • In 2010 GMP recorded 353 incidents the day England were knocked out
  • 5,897 emergency calls were made over that 24 hours
  • 43% up on what police would normally expect to receive

Partners the North West Ambulance Service recorded a 34 percent increase in the number of assaults after England were thrown out in the 2010 games.

It also saw a 21 percent increase in the number of 999 calls compared to the previous weekend that year.

In previous tournaments we have seen the combination of expectations, emotions, warm weather and alcohol consumption result in an increase in 999 calls for assaults.

We urge people to think first, drink sensibly and remain aware of their actions so they can enjoy the matches in good spirit and avoid harm to themselves and other people.

– Derek Cartwright, North West Ambulance Service

For more information or to report abuse contact police on 101 or the Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 6367525.

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