Top tips for a safe and enjoyable Euro 2012
As fans enjoy a feast of televised Euro 2012 football at home or at their local, the Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Swindon and Wiltshire have useful advice to help keep everyone safe and secure.
The three-week tournament, taking place in Poland and Ukraine, reaches its climax with the final on Sunday 1 July.
The CSPs distributed three posters across the Wiltshire Police area in the run-up to the European championship.
They contained top tips designed to ensure that supporters do not end up in trouble – and that people around them do not come to harm.
Enjoy it. Don’t spoil it
- Use a cash dispenser - if you need to - at the start of the evening before you have a drink
- Know how you are going to get home before you leave for a night out
- Drink responsibly: excessive drinking can put your health at risk as well as putting you at risk of violence, anti-social behaviour or theft
- Respect those who support other teams
- If you are going into town, remember your keys, money and phone
- If any trouble does occur, steer well clear
Domestic abuse: there’s never an excuse
- Domestic violence is unacceptable
- Passions run high in football tournaments, but there can never be a justification for assaulting your partner
- It’s morally indefensible and perpetrators run the risk of losing everything
- The penalty can be arrest, a court appearance, a prison sentence and a criminal record
- Wiltshire Police are continuing to make robust use of the Domestic Violence Protection Notices and Orders to keep perpetrators away from their victims
- Agencies will deal proactively and firmly with perpetrators, whilst supporting victims and their families
- Anyone worried about the way they treat their partner should call the Respect helpline on 0845 122 8609
If it kicks off at home ... blow the whistle
- The CSPs have issued a message to anyone who suffers domestic abuse during the tournament
- Victims are urged to seek help and support by calling Wiltshire Police on 999 in an emergency (or 101 in a non emergency)
- Other useful numbers are Swindon 24 Hour helpline: 01793 610610, The Sexual Assault Referral Centre: 0808 168 0024 or the National Domestic Violence 24 Hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247