Police launch anti-violence campaign as World Cup kicks off

As figures how incidents of football related violence in Mansfield fell from 194 to 133 between July and October last year, Nottinghamshire Police have launched a campaign to tackle the issue leading up to the World Cup.

Stand United aims to reduce drink-related violence by calling for communities to take a stand especially during what is expected to be a period of high emotion and increased alcohol consumption.

The force sees incidents of violence increase in summer months, when large numbers of people are out for longer and drinking more.

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In 2013, across the Force area, incidents of violence rose from 1,196 in April to 1,418 in July. By November they had fallen to 1,160.

Superintendant Mark Holland said: “With the lighter evenings and warmer weather, it is most likely that people will be drinking for larger periods of the day, and with levels of high emotion, could put vulnerable people at risk.

“There is no excuse for any kind of violence and perpetrators must be clear that the World Cup does not give them any justification for partaking in abusive behaviour. “The Force will be increasing patrols around towns and city centres, particularly when bars are open late for matches, using dispersal orders to remove people who have had too much to drink, attendance at Pub Watch meetings and working closely with bars and clubs around licensing issues.

Supt Holland added: “Our figures show that alcohol is linked to around 26 per cent of all violent crime. Dealing with the consequences of irresponsible drinking is a significant drain on police resources and those of our partners.

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“We need the public to stand with us and show their support for the Alliance Against Violence. Social tolerance of excessive drinking has become far too great. It is considered normal by many to be so drunk they are not in control of themselves. This puts them at a significantly increased chance of being a victim of crime.

“If people drank responsibly, these resources could be invested in other policing priorities and communities would feel the benefits. We’re asking people to join our campaign by pledging their support to our Alliance Against Violence Facebook page.”

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Police reports 100 per cent compliance on passports relating to football banning orders, with 29 passports being handed in.

The campaign is supported by the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, Community Protection, the Crime and Drugs Partnership, Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council Mansfield Partnership against Crime, Ashfield District Council and Women’s Aid.

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