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Police Face Increased Demand as World Cup Success Continues

9 July 2018 Local News

A combination of the continued hot weather and England’s success in the World Cup saw Staffordshire Police again faced with exceptionally high demand at the weekend.

A total of 3,643 calls were made to the control room on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday operators took 841 calls to the 999 number, while the 101 number received 988 calls. The demand for 999 emergencies went down slightly to 779 calls on Sunday.  However the number of 101 calls increased to 1,015.

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Baker said: “Our policing teams have an extensive plan in place to provide visible reassurance and to respond to any number of incidents following the semi-final fixture on Wednesday evening.

“We are confident we have prepared for every eventuality, however we need your help to reduce the record number of calls we expect to receive because of the hot weather and the football.”

Please remember to only use 999 where there’s an immediate threat to life or property, and only call 101 to report a crime that’s already happened or if you want to share important information. For anything else, take a look a look at the Staffordshire Police website which can quickly answer questions and keep our contact centre free to deal with more serious matters.

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