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Enjoy the Match Campaign launches

10 June 2014

Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, the Hull Community Safety Partnership is launching a campaign – Enjoy the Match – to encourage people in Hull to enjoy sporting events sensibly this summer.

Enjoy the Match Campaign launches

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Humberside Police, Hull City Council Environmental Health, Hull Domestic Abuse Partnership, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Street Angels and Street Marshalls are all involved in the campaign to provide advice on how to have an enjoyable but safe time watching sporting events.
Councillor John Hewitt, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Communities said:
“Major tournaments and big events can mean some people drink more alcohol than they normally would. Whilst we want people to enjoy themselves, we want them to act responsibly when doing so. The Community Safety Partnership is working to highlight how people can safely enjoy the games safely.”
The campaign launches at the KC Stadium on Tuesday 10 June. It is supported by Hull Purple Flag and the Drink Less 2014 initiative. Drink Less 2014 gives people information on how cutting back a little on alcohol can have positive effects on their health and wellbeing.
Chief Inspector Lee Edwards, Hull Neighbourhood Policing Commander said:

“Humberside Police and the Community Safety Partnership are committed to providing a safe environment for people enjoying the World Cup with numerous operation initiatives taking place to deal with crime and disorder in city centre, in communities and on the roads. During this campaign the public will be directed towards responsible drinking and practical safety advice.”
Matthew Grove, Police & Crime Commissioner for Humberside said:
“The World Cup is one of the great sporting occasions, and watching the match in a pub or club always generates a fantastic atmosphere, so fingers crossed our national team will give us something to cheer about.
“Unfortunately it is also one of the busiest times for our officers dealing with public order due to excessive drinking so the message is clear, enjoy the match, but know your limits and stay safe.”

Matt Sutcliffe, Station Manager, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said:
“The largest proportion of accidental fires we attend in Hull are cooking related, often combined with alcohol. There are obvious dangers of excessive drinking followed by trying to grill or fry food. It is much safer to grab a takeaway on the way home. Outside the house, if people are having a barbecue before the big game, don’t mix alcohol with cooking, never leave it unattended and always have a bucket of water or garden hose handy should the worst happen.”

Visit www.drinkless2014.co.uk for information on NHS approved safe drinking levels and for advice and tips on cutting back. Search #HullSafety on Twitter to keep up to date with the campaign.