Boozing while watching England play in the World Cup could see a spike in domestic violence across Greater Manchester, research suggests.
To tackle this GMP have set up an operation to identify potential abusers and limit the rise of attacks once the tournament kicks off on Thursday.
During the 2010 World Cup the force recorded 353 incidents of domestic abuse on the day England were knocked out by Germany.
Almost 6,000 calls were made to the police – a 43% increase on the average number made over a typical 24-hour period on a Sunday in June.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) recalled a similar spike, with a 34% increase in the number of assaults after England were knocked out of the tournament.
Detective Chief Superintendent Vanessa Jardine, from GMP’s Public Protection Division, said: “We want to make it clear to those offenders that this year’s event as with any sporting event will not be used as a way of justifying such abusive behaviour.
“Our message to offenders is that any violent or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated and we will arrest anyone committing this type of crime.”
Derek Cartwright, of NWAS, urged fans to ‘drink sensibly’ while Roy Hodgson’s squad are playing.
He said: “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.”
Anyone affected by abuse by a partner, ex-partner or a family member can approach their GP or nurse for help. The Domestic Abuse Helpline is also available to offer support for victims.
For more information or to report abuse contact police on 101 or the Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 6367525.
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