More police demand ahead of semi-final


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Police in Hampshire say they are seeing an increase in demand across the county and the Isle of Wight in the warm up for England’s World Cup semi-final. Superintendent Paul Bartolomeo says it’s been slowly building: “We have seen an increase in calls during the World Cup period, and depending on the result this evening it may continue over the coming week and weekend.

“As a result, callers may experience longer waiting times when trying to reach us on 101, particularly in the period following the England football match. If it is not urgent, we recommend hanging up and calling at a later time.”

Paul says the force is putting it down to a combination of the good weather, school exams finishing, the football and other national events – meaning demand is higher than it would usually encounter at this time of year. “Everyone, including police officers and staff, is extremely proud of England’s achievements so far in the World Cup.  We know emotions can run high during these periods and we really want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves safely.

“We will be working during this time to help keep everyone safe.  Please don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk – we don’t want celebrations resulting in people getting hurt or arrested.  Please act responsibly, look out for each other and only call 999 in a genuine emergency.”