The number of domestic violence crimes fell during the World Cup compared to four years ago, latest figures have shown.

Hampshire Police received 714 reports of domestic violence crimes during this year’s tournament in Brazil – 14 per cent fewer than in 2010 when there were 833.

However, while crimes fell, the number of domestic violence incidents saw a slight increase with 18 more reported during the four-hour period around each of the matches compared to four years ago.

The figures looked at all types of domestic violence crimes and incidents over four-hour periods for each of the England games, the semi-finals and the final, covering the build-up coverage before games, as well as extra time and penalties.

There were 2,262 reports of domestic violence incidents during the tournament – one per cent more than in 2010.

Supt Ben Snuggs said: “Domestic abuse is a priority we take seriously year-round and the World Cup is an opportunity to raise awareness of the support available to victims and survivors. If you or someone you know is at risk, you can call police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.”