High volume of 999 calls following World Cup semi-final

Issued on 11/7/18 at 10:29 p.m.

Leicestershire Police is currently receiving a high number of 999 calls following England’s World Cup semi-final loss this evening.

Officers remain on duty across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland throughout the night, responding as appropriate to these incidents and keeping communities safe.

Gold Commander, Superintendent Alistair Roe said: “It is proving to be another extremely busy night for Leicestershire Police and while the majority of fans celebrated – and commiserated - sensibly tonight, a minority have not which places increased and unnecessary additional demand on police and other emergency responders.

“We were and continue to be prepared for tonight with additional policing resources and officers and staff continue to respond to this increased demand. On behalf of the force, I urge members of the public to think about their actions tonight and the effect it has on others.

“As the force experiences this high demand of calls this evening, I appeal to the public to only call 999 in circumstances of real and genuine emergency.”

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