No trouble in Peterborough during World Cup defeat

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Monday 1.30pm: Football fans in Peterborough were well behaved despite England’s narrow loss to Italy on Saturday night.

Police made just two arrests on the night.

A police spokesman said: “There were no significant incidents related to the England match anywhere in the county and generally the evening was good natured and unexceptional.

“The only arrests were in Peterborough, outside the Sports Lounge, in King Street, where a 28-year-old man was arrested for criminal damage and common assault, and a 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of common assault after being ejected from the bar.”

Before the match there had been plenty of warnings over responsible drinking.

Karen Kibblewhite, SaferPeterborough Manager - Cutting Crime, said: “Sporting tournaments like the World Cup should be a time to celebrate, but it can also be a time when people drink too much and do something they may regret.

“Sadly, experience shows that a combination of disappointment, anger and alcohol can result in an increase in domestic abuse. Here in Peterborough the message is clear - domestic abuse will not be tolerated.

“Many people view domestic abuse as a private matter between couples and tend to think it is less serious than other crimes.

“However, domestic abuse will affect one in four people during their lifetime. We want to ensure that individuals suffering abuse have the confidence to come forward and we will do our best to give them the support and protection they need.”

The SaferPeterborough Partnership is advising drivers that it takes on average around one hour for a unit of alcohol to pass through the body, though this can vary depending on a number of circumstances.

Because of this, there is a real risk that people who would not dream of driving after drinking may still be unwittingly over the drink-drive limit the morning after.