Calls to West Yorkshire Police about domestic violence jumped by a third during England’s opening World Cup games.
Officers received 92 calls about domestic abuse during their first game against Italy, an increase of 36 on the previous night. There was a total of 827 emergency calls received over a 12 hour period, many of which were alcohol-fuelled incidents.
Calls also jumped by 30 per cent in their clash with Italy – the match which put England out of the tournament.
Merle Simpson, a police control room supervisor, said: “When I worked during the first England game, although I was prepared for it, I was still shocked that the number of calls increased and that calls about domestic violence increased.
“To victims of domestic violence I would say, any time, 365 days of the year if its ongoing, ring 999. If you want to report it any other time you can ring 101 and a call operator will handle your call as sensitively as possible.”