Hounslow Council

Home Secretary backs World Cup safety campaign

Thu, 19 June 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May has backed Hounslow's safer World Cup campaign - Don't See Red, while attending a summit on domestic violence organised by local MP Mary Macleod in Chiswick yesterday.

Mary Macleod, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, said: "I was delighted to welcome the Home Secretary to speak at the Domestic Abuse summit today and to back the local campaign, Don't See Red. We want London to lead the way in tackling domestic violence and having a zero-tolerance approach. There is never an excuse for violence and the World Cup is the perfect time to reinforce this message."

Hounslow's Don't See Red campaign kicked off two weeks ago and focuses on urging football fans to drink responsibly, drink driving and also domestic violence.

Figures have revealed that incidents of domestic violence have soared following World Cup games.

Hounslow also unveiled statistics which show violent incidents increased in the borough by 31.5 per cent during the last World Cup in 2010 and by 19.8 per cent across London.

Hounslow Councillor Sue Sampson, whose sister was murdered as a result of domestic violence, the cabinet member for communities and economic development with responsibility for domestic violence, said: "We speak with one voice in Hounslow and our message is simple: Enjoy the World Cup but if you indulge in violence in the pub or at home, you will be enjoying Her Majesty's pleasure."

Chief Inspector Jon Kennedy of Hounslow Police, said: "I want to send a clear message to anyone involved in domestic violence, you will be arrested, you will be sent to court and you will be sent to prison. The Metropolitan police have a zero tolerance to domestic violence. I have ensured extra units including specifically trained domestic violence police officers will be working before, during and after the World Cup matches. I will also be working these World Cup matches to ensure anyone involved in domestic abuse is dealt with robustly."

The 'Don't see red' campaign features posters and beer mats with the message 'Enjoy the World Cup but don't see red', which will go out to pubs and clubs across the borough, with secondary messages on drinking responsibly, drink driving and a stark image on domestic violence.

The campaign is also backed by Brentford FC.

Mark Devlin, chief executive for Brentford FC, said: "The World Cup is a time for all football fans to come together to support their country and watch some of the best players in the world in action. The event is a celebration of world class football. Please don't let drinking ruin the occasion and lead to any violent disorder, which the police will deal with very swiftly."

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