Domestic violence rose during World Cup matches

Domestic violence calls rose during the matches.
Domestic violence calls rose during the matches.

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.”