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Right Arrow Domestic abuse given red card by Chris Foy
30 June 2010 at 14:28
A Premiership football referee is helping Accident & Emergency staff at Southport Hospital give the red card to domestic violence.

This year’s FA Cup Final referee, Chris Foy, who is also a Merseyside Police Constable, visited the hospital on Thursday (June 17th) to support a scheme that will see a police presence at the Accident & Emergency department during the course of the World Cup.

Chris met with staff and praised the work of the hospital.

“This is something I am pleased to support. People in the NHS do a wonderful job and we should all be enjoying the World Cup, not putting extra demands on hospital staff through stupidity,” Chris said.

Southport North East Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Riding explained that there is a trend of increased alcohol consumption linked with large sporting competitions such as the World Cup, which has historically led to increased levels of violence, in particular domestic violence.

The accident & emergency department can be at the forefront of dealing with the aftermath of domestic violence incidents, which is why Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has paid for police presence in the department during the World Cup tournament.

“We are supporting the hospital by working with staff during the World Cup event to provide reassurance to staff and visitors,” Sgt Riding said.

“It is good to have the support of Chris to reinforce the message that there is a zero tolerance approach to dealing with potential purportrators of violence, particularly domestic violence.”

Hospital spokesman Matthew King added: “We are grateful to Chris Foy for giving up his time to come and support us. Like the police, we have a zero tolerance approach to violence against our staff and although fortunately this does not happen too often, we are obviously aware that at this time there is a potential for it to increase.”

Chris Foy became a Premier League referee in 2001 and has 20 years’ service with Merseyside Police.

Notes to Editors

Photo shows Chris Foy surrounded by staff from Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust accident & emergency department with Sergeant Paul Riding far left