Euro 2016: Police give red card to domestic violence

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West Yorkshire Police and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner are giving the red card to domestic violence.

They are urging fans not to ‘lose it all for football’, ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament.

During the Euro 2012 tournament and the World Cup, the force saw domestic abuse incidents increase by a third, receiving an average of 110 calls per game.

Eighty-three per cent of the victims were female and 39 of the 3,000 calls related to abuse when children were present.

As this year’s Euros draw closer, officers have been sending red cars to people wanted on warrant for domestic abuse offences warning them to hand themselves in or they will be arrested.

Police hope the scheme will reduce domestic abuse incidents across the district during the tournament.

Superintendent Pat Casserly, of protective crime operations, said: “Incidents of domestic abuse increase during football tournaments. Ahead of the tournament we are seeking out those who are wanted for this senseless crime, and in keeping with the football theme are issuing a red card for those at large.

“This is an opportunity for them to get the crimes dealt with. If they don’t comply, we will trace them and arrest them, which could be at their homes or places of work.

“We want to make people safe and feel safe from domestic abuse. It is only football - attacking your partner does not change the result on the pitch.”

The force attends every report of domestic violence and crimes are recorded and investigated and the victims are safeguarded.

Police can be contacted via 101 or if it is an emrgency, through the 999 number. A 24 hour national domestic violence helpline is also available by calling 0808 2000 247.