Watch what you drink during the championships

Football fans across Dudley borough are being urged to keep their eye on the ball as football fever grips the nation.

 

Fans are being reminded to watch what they’re drinking while they take in their feast of football.

 

Dudley’s community safety partnership, safe & sound, is encouraging sports fans to drink responsibly during the European Championships to avoid becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime.

 

The reminder also comes with a warning of the spike in incidents of domestic abuse which often coincides with major football tournaments and many of the offenders are found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for community safety, said:

 

“Most people are really looking forward to the European Championships and can’t wait to watch the games. We want to make sure things don’t get out of hand in pubs and homes where people are having a drink and watching the game.”

 

“I would urge people to drink sensibly to avoid being the victim or the perpetrator of crime.”

 

Inspector Phil Jones, West Midlands Police said:

 

“Statistically there is a seasonal rise in violent crime during the summer months, often when international football competitions take place.

 

“I would urge people to drink sensibly to avoid being the victim or the perpetrator of crime.”

 

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Championships domestic abuse warning

With the European Championships kicking off later this month, a stark warning is being issued that a zero tolerance approach will be taken to incidents of domestic abuse.

 

Research shows that incidents spike during major football tournaments and many of the offenders are found to be under the influence of alcohol.

 

As a result, safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership has issued the warning to fans, that as football fever grips the nation, they will be working together to tackle this serious crime.

 

They want to make both victims and perpetrators aware of the link between championship games, drinking and abuse and also encourage victims to report and think about safety planning.

By planning in advance for the possibility of violence; it helps those at risk think about how they can increase their safety and that of their children both within the relationship or if they decide to leave.

 

Councillor Gaye Partridge, cabinet member for community safety, said:

 

“While most people will be looking forward to the European Championships starting, others will be worried about the link between football, alcohol and domestic abuse.

 

“It is important for those who suffer from domestic abuse to know there are people who can and want to help.  There are no excuses.  Once the first step is taken there are a number of services available to support victims.”

 

Inspector Phil Jones, West Midlands Police said:

 

" We want everyone to be able to enjoy Euro 2016. However we will be taking a robust approach to anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse offences, which historically have risen during the summer months.

 

“Additional resources have been made available to respond quickly to any reported incidents and our Public Protection department are working with partner agencies to ensure the safeguarding of high risk domestic victims over the next few weeks.

 

“Both men and women experience domestic abuse. It accounts for a third of all violent crime in Dudley borough with children often being a silent victim in the situation. Domestic abuse is a crime and there is support available".

 

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email: community.safety@dudley.gov.uk