Domestic abuse rose on match day

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Domestic abuse incidents shot up on the day England went out of the World Cup, police said.

Greater Manchester Police recorded 353 incidents on 27 June, when England were defeated 4-1 by Germany.

This is the highest number recorded in a day so far this year, apart from New Year's Day, police said. It is also 15.7 per cent higher than the same day in June last year.

The police force launched a campaign to urge victims of domestic abuse to seek help during the tournament, and 653 people phoned a special helpline in June.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: "I am pleased at how many people have responded to the campaign so far and found the courage to come forward.

"I want to send a clear message to offenders that there is no excuse for domestic abuse at any time and we will look to ensure that those responsible are caught and brought to justice."