STAY in control during this summer’s World Cup – that’s the message from Gloucestershire Police.
Events get under way on June 12 with England’s first match kicking off two days later and police are reminding everyone that they can enjoy the party atmosphere and stay safe as well.
Incidents of domestic abuse, drink-driving, assault and criminal damage can often become a problem around major international football tournaments – and alcohol consumption is usually to blame.
Chief Insp Charlie Laporte said: “Nearly half of all violent crimes are linked to alcohol by the victim. As blood alcohol levels increase so does physical and mental impairment. Alcohol use is closely linked with violent assaults.
“We are certainly not asking anyone to abstain, but what we do want is people to stay in control and use common sense when consuming alcohol.”
PC Samantha Swinford, who played the part of one of the offenders on a new poster campaign, said that she was eager to get involved. She said: “It’s so important that we raise awareness of the issues that can come from drinking too much alcohol. Most of these crimes can be avoided and if we can help educate people then it will be well worth it.”
Chris Atine, from Cafe Rene, which will show the England matches, said: “It is about making people think about their behaviour before they even leave the house. It is preventative, which is better.”