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Lincolnshire Police prepared for World Cup response

Lincolnshire Police said it is prepared for an anticipated increase in domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour and violence during the FIFA World Cup.

The Brazil-based tournament, which begins on Thursday, June 12 with the opening match between Brail and Croatia, will run until Sunday, July 13.

The force is aware of the opening times and where matches will be screened and said it has planned to use resources accordingly.

Assistant Chief Constable Lee Freeman is leading the local FIFA World Cup policing operation.

Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Lee Freeman
Lincolnshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Lee Freeman

ACC Freeman said: “We will endeavour to make sure that the public of Lincolnshire, whether interested in the football tournament or not, are able to continue with their normal daily lives with the minimum of disruption.

“We are encouraging the responsible use of social media in the run-up to the matches. Any communication identified by or reported to Lincolnshire Police, suspected of being contrary to law, will lead to appropriate police action.

“In planning the force response to policing the World Cup 2014, we have anticipated an increase in domestic abuse and are undertaking both a preventative and proactive approach.

“Lincolnshire Police do not wish to discourage or prevent people from enjoying themselves but they must be aware of the impact they are having on other people.

“We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour or violence. Anyone suspected of committing a criminal offence should expect to be arrested and to be put before the courts.”

Researchers and police nationally have found that during major sports events, reported levels of domestic abuse can rise up to 27% on match days; alcohol is a known contributing factor.