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Extra police to target domestic abuse during World Cup

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6:00am 14th June 2018

Both Surrey and Hampshire Police will have extra officers on duty to respond to domestic abuse reports during the World Cup.

They have chosen to increase staffing numbers after research has found reports of domestic abuse and alcohol-related violence increase during the tournament. 

Separate studies on previous World Cups have found an increase in reports of domestic violence, with further increases when England have lost matches. 

Police Constable Bridie Anderson, Surrey Police's advisor for domestic abuse, explains how they plan to deal with increased reports. 

"In each division in Surrey, we have an operation in place so that we know, if we need more staff, we have got them there.

"We know just to look out for whether we need more resources for a particular game depending on what has happened.

"There is a very clear message to people: we will be taking robust action - there is no excuse for violence ever and the action from Surrey Police will be absolutely robust."

Ten additional officers will also be on duty in Hampshire when England are playing, with later assessments to decide on any further action throughout the tournament. 

Hampshire's Chief Inspector Mike Haines said: "There is never a situation where domestic abuse, or any violence, is justified.

"Whether people have had something to drink or watching football, it doesn't hide the fact that is their behaviour, it is their fault this is happening and they cannot blame it on alcohol.

Officers will also visit high risk domestic abuse victims and perpetrators already known to the police to prevent further attacks taking place.

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