Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Essex: Brazil World Cup 2014 could spark domestic violence in county – police

15:27 09 June 2014

Research suggests the threat of violence in the home increases during the competition, particularly when England play, in part because culprits drink more heavily.

Research suggests the threat of violence in the home increases during the competition, particularly when England play, in part because culprits drink more heavily.

PA Wire

The World Cup could spark a rise in domestic violence in Essex, police fear.

Essex Police have set up operations to identify potential abusers and limit the risk of attacks once the football tournament starts on Thursday.

Research suggests the threat of violence in the home increases during the competition, particularly when England play, in part because culprits drink more heavily.

In Essex, police believe domestic incidents could rise by 26% when England lose or draw during the four-week tournament in Brazil, and increase by 33% when England win.

In June last year in the county, there was an average of 84 domestic incidents every day. Essex Police have warned this could rise to more than 100 a day when England play during the World Cup.

Detective Superintendent Ewen Wilson said stress, poor anger management, mental health issues, depression and substance abuse could all lead to the increase in domestic violence.

He said: “In addition, emotional stressors are combined with situational factors – the tournament is held in the summer and is associated with warmer temperatures and increased alcohol consumption and fans can often identify with team success or failure as if it was their own, which can have an impact on their behaviour.”

He added: “The majority of football fans are well behaved and enjoy watching the games with family and friends.

“We want the tournament to be a time that everyone can enjoy, which is why we have put a number of policing operations in place, to help to keep it a safe time for everyone.

“It is important to remember that is not the actual World Cup that heightens the risk of domestic incidents but specifically when the England team plays.”

Meanwhile, Essex Police have identified the top 117 perpetrators most likely to offend during England matches. Some 100 men and seven women have been targeted in a crack down on domestic abuse crime under Operation Shield.

The force also has a number of additional resources in place to deal with any increase in related incidents, including extra double and single-crewed cars in place during and after all England matches and the following day.

The grandparents and father of missing Corrie McKeague at a press conference to announce a five figure reward for information regarding his disappearance.

Grandparents Oliver and Mary McKeague and father Martin

A five-figure reward has been offered for information which helps to find missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague.

The scene of a killing in Wivenhoe, Essex

A drug addict has admitted killing a man in Wivenhoe during a relapse.

The Rudolph Run starts in Ipswich tonight. Pic: Simon Parker.

Father Christmas and his friends from the Ipswich Round Table are preparing for the 2016 Rudolph Run but what route will they take this year and when will they visit your street?

Chris Grayling is due to unveil changes to the rail industry today.

Through trains from Ipswich and Norwich to Oxford and possibly Swindon or even Bristol could be running within 15 years under a new rail model being flagged up by the government today.

Ravenswood Primary School has opened its new library and has also introduced their rainbow reading scheme, 
where siblings and parents can come and
 spend time reading.
Head teacher (in red) Karen Mills with the school council enjoying their new library.

She’s strutted her stuff across the world’s stages as the Queen of Country and now Dolly Parton has inspired an Ipswich school more than 3,000 miles from her home in Tennessee to carry on her work giving free books to youngsters.

Anne Dobson, 39, of Cressing Road, Witham

A woman who defrauded more than £201,000 from a care home where she worked has been ordered to pay back just £34,000.

Suffolk County Council has published a new report on mental health in Suffolk

One in seven adults in Suffolk has a common mental disorder such as depression or anxiety, according to a new report.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24