Police say there will be zero tolerance for domestic abuse during the upcoming England European Championship campaign. 

England are tipped to do well in the football tournament which is starting on Friday. 

But statistics show that when football teams lose on the pitch, the number of reported domestic abuse cases rises off it. 

As a result, Wiltshire Police has issued a warning to possible domestic abuse perpetrators and has shared advice to potential victims. 

A spokesperson said: "The Euros can be an exciting and emotional rollercoaster, especially for England.

"No matter who you follow though and how well or badly, your country performs, taking out your frustrations or emotions on those around will not be tolerated.

"For many people watching matches, having a drink, and cheering on the team will only ever mean just that.

"But for some people, they will be living in fear of violence and anger both when out and at home."

The county's force added that although it recognises that football doesn't cause domestic abuse, it does create more opportunities for people to drink alcohol, which can lead to an increase in domestic abuse and can be more severe around key matches. 

Detective Chief Inspector Lucy Thorne, lead for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in Wiltshire Police said: “Football brings people together in their desire to see their team succeed.

"But sadly, what’s often unseen and away from the pitch, is the increase of domestic abuse offences that are reported during football tournaments.

“I want to be clear; domestic abuse is a force-wide priority all year round but sadly we do know that there is an increase in domestic incidents during major football tournaments.

“We want everyone to enjoy the football, but we will not stand by while people are abused at home or while out for the night and all too often we see a passion for football turn to aggression towards the mainly women and girls in their lives.”

Wiltshire Police anticipate that licensed premises across the county will be very busy during this time and keeping people safe in the night-time economy (NTE) and managing domestic abuse incidents are key focus areas.

There will be additional officers patrolling busy NTE hotspots to take swift action against those looking to cause harm or nuisance.

For help visit the following: 

Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service: They offer free and confidential advice via their 24-hour helpline to anyone living in the Swindon area which can be reached on 01793 610 610.