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Dozens of domestic abuse incidents reported overnight

Dozens of domestic abuse incidents were reported overnight across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as England played in the Euro 2020 final. 
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Cambridgeshire Constabulary reported 27 incidents of domestic abuse overnight while England took on Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley

While England played Italy at Wembley dozens of women in Cambridgeshire were battling domestic abuse at home. 

Cambridgeshire Constabulary reported 27 incidents of domestic violence overnight. Six of them were reported in Peterborough. 

Prior to the final domestic abuse charity Refuge had urged victims to seek support as the England team progressed through the tournament amid concerns over the link between the often-hidden crime and football matches. 

It comes as research from the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance indicated a match increased the risk of family violence. 

The study suggested that although domestic abuse declined during the two-hour period when a game is played, it started to increase afterwards and peaked between 10 and 12 hours later. 

Before and during the match last night, several members of the public in Peterborough, especially women, posted on social media, offering a safe space in their home to any potential victim of domestic abuse.

People also offered advice to call 999 and then dial 55 in case they felt threatened, while some shared their contact details for anyone seeking support.

The charity, Refuge also reminded potential victims that free and confidential support is available from its 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247, with digital support via livechat Monday-Friday 3-10pm. 

The police also confirmed 18 people were taken into custody overnight from across the region for anti-social incidents including making threats to kill, dangerous driving, violent assaults, possessing offensive weapons, robbery and drink-driving, among other crimes. 

One drink-driving related arrest was also made in Peterborough overnight. A 33-year-old man from the city was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on the A47 roundabout at just before 4am today. He has since been released under investigation. 

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: “We thank football fans in Cambridgeshire who, on the whole, watched last night's match responsibly.  

“Extra patrols were in place throughout the county as we supported local pubs and businesses to help ensure it was a safe event for all. In parts of the county Italian supporters took to the streets to celebrate their success in a good-natured way.  

“Although we saw small pockets of disorder in Cambridge and Peterborough after the match, we are pleased to report that no injuries were reported and no arrests were made.”