police in stark World Cup drink drive warning on seafront
fans across the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been urged
not to drink and drive during the World Cup.
Police set up a display of a badly damaged car that was previously
involved in a serious drink drive crash to illustrate what can
happen after irresponsible drinking.
stop checks are being carried out after games and the next morning
in the Burnham and Highbridge area as part of our district-wide
operation," said PCSO Dan Wheller, pictured on the seafront
on Thursday (June 12th) with PCSO Nick Mizon.
car, which was involved in an actual crash, shows the serious
damage and injuries that can be caused by drink driving."
Since many of this year's World Cup matches are being shown late
at night the polices campaign is also warning those watching
the games to make sure they dont and drive the next morning
if they have been drinking the night before since they may still
be over the limit.
Figures show that reports of other offences increase too, such
as domestic abuse, drink-related violence and anti-social behaviour
during World Cups.
During the last tournament in 2010, reports of domestic abuse
rose by more than 30 per cent following the England matches and
offences involving violence or criminal damage also increased.
The local campaign aims to raise awareness of these issues to
stress the importance of drinking responsibly, the risks of not
doing so, and also to encourage people to report if they are the
victim of domestic abuse or other offences.
pictured right, that raise awareness of domestic abuse, sexual
offences, drink driving, and drink-related violence and criminal
damage are being distributed to local pubs, bars and other public
venues in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
police are also running a social media campaign to encourage reporting
and to try to reduce the number of offences committed during this
The awareness campaign will run alongside a range of operational
activities, such as additional high visibility reassurance patrols
in town and city centres on match days.
Chief Inspector Jeff Foreman said: "The majority of offences
that increase during the World Cup are drink-related, such as
a disagreement between two pub-goers that escalates into a fight
or criminal damage incidents on the way home."
"We want people to go out and enjoy the matches during the
World Cup but our advice is to make sure you do so responsibly."
"You dont want to find yourself being fined, being
arrested or risking a criminal conviction after a night out that
got out of hand. You may also be risking a Football Banning Order
if you are arrested for an offence at a match or when watching
a match, which can prevent you attending future football matches
and can restrict your travel at home and abroad."
know that the majority of football fans who go out to watch the
match act responsibly and our message is to make sure you arent
one of the minority who end up in our cells at the end of the
"If we suspect an offence has been committed, including
offences like domestic abuse or drink driving, we will arrest
and we will look to prosecute wherever appropriate."
"And if you are a victim of domestic abuse then please do
report it, we will investigate and we can help you get the support
and advice you need. We will also have extra specialist staff
during and after matches to respond to calls."
To report an offence, such as domestic abuse or suspected drink
driving in the Burnham area, call 999. For general reporting or
enquiries call the police's non-emergency number 101. Anyone who
is suspicious of someone drinking and driving can also text the
word 'drunk' and full details to 81819.