Commissioner funds Euro 2016 campaign to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime8 June, 2016
A new campaign urging football fans to enjoy the Euro 2016 tournament responsibly has been backed by Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.
A series of posters and banners, funded by the Commissioner, target three key areas – domestic abuse, alcohol-related violence and drink or drug driving – that are all problems for police during major tournaments.
The message is clear: “There are no excuses. Don’t pay the penalty.”
Nationally, reporting of domestic abuse rises by 25 to 30 per cent during major sporting events, particularly football, and the ‘Ugly consequences of the beautiful game’ campaign, launched in connection with Lancashire Police, highlights the support available through Lancashire Victim Services.
Mr Grunshaw, who took over responsibility for victim services in A
pril 2015, said: “Hopefully the Euros will be a time for celebration and I know the vast majority of fans will enjoy it responsibly. But unfortunately, events like this typically see an increase in alcohol-related crime, which is unacceptable.
“Emotions can often run high during major football tournaments but there is no excuse for the drunken violence, domestic abuse and drink or drug driving that is sadly still too common during these events. I would urge anyone who plans on having a drink while watching the match to know their limits.
“Victims of crime can report it to police on 999, 101 or online and free independent support and advice is available from Lancashire Victim Services by calling 0300 323 0085 or visiting www.lancashirevictimservices.org”
Chief Inspector Gary Crowe, from Lancashire Constabulary, said: “The Euro 2016 football tournament is an exciting event and I’m sure that thousands of fans across the county will be looking forward to it.
“Here in Lancashire we want people to enjoy the competition and for those who want to have a drink as well, we would ask that they drink responsibly and not spoil the event for others.
“Throughout the competition, we naturally expect that there will be plenty of people out and about enjoying the games in pubs and bars as well as in their homes. With this in mind there will be additional officers on patrol to provide extra visibility and to help ensure that any celebrations pass off peacefully.
“In previous years we have seen the combination of expectations, emotions, warm weather and alcohol consumption result in increased demand on all of the emergency services, often diverting care needed by the most vulnerable in our communities. Take responsibility of yourselves and don’t become a drain on resources.
“We want people to enjoy themselves but expect firm, fair and friendly policing. We are not out to spoil your fun however we will take action if anyone is found to be acting irresponsibly in an anti-social or violent manner.
“The potential ‘Ugly Consequences of the Beautiful Game’ are simply not worth it.”
The campaign will run until Sunday July 10.