Newry police to tackle ‘impact of excessive drinking’

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Monday, September 16th, 2013
Police in Newry say they will be working with partner agencies to highlight and tackle the impact of excessive drinking in E District which incorporates Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry and Mourne. The activity will support a UK wide Alcohol Harm Initiative. Commenting on the plans to Newry Times, Superintendent Jason Murphy, PSNI, Operations, E District, explained, “Nearly 50 per cent of all violent crime is alcohol related. “Statistics also indicate that in incidents of domestic abuse, offenders are thought to be under the influence of alcohol in nearly half of all incidents. Clearly, this is a cause for concern. “In order to help create safer communities we need to raise awareness of the harm that excessive alcohol consumption can have. “As part of the UK wide Alcohol Harm initiative officers in towns and cities across E District will be out on our streets to enforce relevant legislation linked to the sale of alcohol, its consumption in public spaces and dealing with criminal behaviour that is the result of excessive drinking and delivering ‘Get Home Safe’ initiatives.” Superintendent Murphy continued, “It is also important to mention that increasingly people are consuming large quantities of alcohol at home, before going out to a nightclub or pub. Some people refer to this as ‘pre-loading’. “This can lead to people being very vulnerable; as they become intoxicated more quickly, their judgement is impaired; they can be less aware of their environment and therefore become a victim or perpetrator of crime. In recent years, we have seen a number of cases where individuals have died following an altercation during which a single punch was thrown. “The police can play a role in tackling violent crime, but we also need individuals to show personal responsibility.” Over the next week there will be a highly visible police presence and officers will be working with partners to tackle behaviour that is impacting negatively on the rest of the community. Licensing officers will be visiting licensed premises to conduct checks and provide advice. Alcohol bye laws will be actively enforced.
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