POLICE are experiencing an increase in demand across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in the build up to the World Cup semi-final tonight.

Hampshire Constabulary has warned, whatever the result of the England Croatia match tonight, callers may experience longer waiting times when trying to reach 101, particularly in the period following the game, and potentially for the days that follow.

Police advice is if it is not urgent, hang up and call at a later time.

Police have warned the good weather, school exams finishing, and other national events mean demand is higher they would usually encounter at this time of year.

Superintendent Paul Bartolomeo, said: “Everyone, including police officers and staff, are extremely proud of England’s achievements so far in the World Cup. We know emotions can run high during these periods and we really want everyone to be able to enjoy themselves safely.

“We will be working during this time to help keep everyone safe. Please don’t put yourself or anyone else at risk – we don’t want celebrations resulting in people getting hurt or arrested. Please act responsibly, look out for each other and only call 999 in a genuine emergency.”

South Central Ambulance Service has already issued a similar warning about its resources being stretched tonight.