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Extra Police Patrols In Dorset During Euro 2012
Dorset Police is encouraging all football fans to enjoy watching the Euro 2012 football tournament safely in Dorset this summer.
Extra officers will be on duty in town centres for England's games, ready to deal with anyone who causes trouble and commits crime or anti-social behaviour.
Superintendent Mick Rogers said:
"We want everyone to enjoy watching the football this summer, but it is important for people to know that we will take action against anyone who causes trouble.
"Anyone who thinks they can use the Euro 2012 tournament as an excuse to get drunk and commit crime needs to realise that this will not be tolerated.
"We recognise that it is only ever a small minority of people that may cause trouble, and that the vast majority of fans will enjoy watching the games without any problems.
"As always, people caught committing public order offences or alcohol-fuelled violence in our town centres can expect to be arrested and dealt with accordingly.
"My advice to any fans planning on watching the football in pubs or bars this summer is to enjoy the games and have a good night out, but don't cause any trouble.
"We have worked closely with our partners in the build up to the tournament, and we are all looking forward to the Euro 2012 tournament being enjoyed safely in Dorset."
Historically, there have been increases in domestic violence incidents during major football tournaments.
Anyone who suffers domestic violence is encouraged to report it to Dorset Police straight away.
Superintendent Rogers continued:
"With the increase in alcohol consumption that often occurs during these big football tournaments, there is a risk that incidents of violent crime and domestic abuse will increase.
"I would strongly encourage anyone who becomes a victim of domestic abuse to report it to Dorset Police so that we can take action.
"We have specially trained officers available to support victims and to investigate these types of offences.
"Anyone who commits domestic violence will not only face a possible prison sentence, but they will also have to live with the stigma of being an offender of this appalling crime.
"During the nights that England play their football matches, we will have officers carrying out bail checks on known offenders of domestic violence. These officers will also be available to attend any reported incidents of domestic violence during the night."
The Euro 2012 tournament coincides with the summer drink and drug driving campaign and members of the public are being urged not to get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol while watching the football.
Chief Inspector Matt Butler, Head of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said:
"The best way to remain safe is not to drink any alcohol at all if you are driving.
"If you're going out drinking over the summer, take simple steps such as booking a taxi, having a designated driver in your group of friends or arranging overnight accommodation."
The Euro 2012 football tournament runs from Friday 8 June to Sunday 1 July.
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