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Unprecedented demand on Dorset Police


Published at 6:59am 11th July 2018. (Updated at 7:00am 11th July 2018)

The wave of euphoria sweeping across Dorset in the wake of the summer heatwave and England's success at the World Cup, is putting pressure on our police force.

Dorset Police say there's been an unprecedented demand on call centres and officers.

Last Saturday saw the highest number of 999 calls ever in a single 24-hour period outside of New Year's Eve.

Strategic Alliance Commander for Operations, Chief Superintendent Glen Mayhew, said:"On top of this, we have the added responsibility of offering mutual aid to our partners in Wiltshire, as well as in the capital as part of the Donald Trump visit to the UK.

"But we are also urging the public to take a bit of personal responsibility to help reduce demand on the police service. For example we are still receiving dozens of calls a day because people continue to leave dogs in hot cars during a heatwave.

'World Cup Fever' 

(Above: Celebrations in Weymouth as England score against Sweden)


"We understand that people are incredibly excited over England's progress in the World Cup and the vast majority are enjoying this safely and responsibly, but we urge that win or lose, people act responsibly and don't put themselves or others in danger by their actions."

Chief Superintendent Mayhew also says the increase in demand is also due to drink drivers and a rise in assaults.

"We also ask that people consider their level of drinking. These hot days lead to dehydration, coupled with people consuming an increased level of alcohol, this has seen a rise in the number of assaults in our towns and cities, and increases the risk of domestic violence taking place in the home.

'Advice on contacting Dorset Police'

Chief Superintendent Mayhew  said: "We ask that people only call 999 in a genuine emergency. Please be assured that our alternative methods of police contact including the 101 email are still more than suitable and will continue to receive a timely response."

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