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Notts: Stand United against booze fuelled violence this World Cup

Notts Police's Stand United campaign poster

Notts Police's Stand United campaign poster

 

Communities are being urged to Stand United against drink fuelled violence during the upcoming World Cup.

Emotions are set to run high as football fans gear up to watch dozens of dramatic matches.

Many of us will celebrate by cracking open a beer at home or enjoying a pint down the pub.

But Notts Police is encouraging communities to take a united stand against enjoyment tipping over into violence.

The call to action follows a successful campaign launched last year called Alliance Against Violence.

It aims to cut down on drink related violence by asking communities to take a stand.

Police said violence across the county increases during the summer when lots of people stay out for longer and drink more.

Last year in Bassetlaw, incidents of violence rose from 133 in April to a peak of 134 in June. By October they had fallen to 97.

Force-wide, there were 1,196 in April and 1,418 in July. But by November they had fallen to 1,160.

“With the lighter evenings and warmer weather, it is most likely that people will be drinking for larger periods of the day, and with levels of high emotion, could put vulnerable people at risk,” said Supt Mark Holland.

“There is no excuse for any kind of violence and perpetrators must be clear that the World Cup does not give them any justification for partaking in abusive behaviour.”

Extra patrols will be put on in town and city centres, particularly when bars are open late for matches.

Dispersal orders will be used to remove people who have had too much to drink.

And police officers will be attending local Pub Watch meetings and working closely with bars and clubs around licencing.

Supt Holland added: “Our figures show that alcohol is linked to around 26 per cent of all violent crime.”

“Dealing with the consequences of irresponsible drinking is a significant drain on police resources and those of our partners.”

“We need the public to stand with us and show their support for the Alliance Against Violence.”

He said social tolerance of excessive drinking had become ‘far too great’ and that many people considered it normal to be ‘so drunk they are not in control of themselves’.

This, said Supt Holland, puts them more at risk of becoming a victim of crime.

He said: “If people drank responsibly, our resources could be invested in other policing priorities and communities would feel the benefits.”

“We’re asking people to join our campaign by pledging their support to our Alliance Against Violence Facebook page.”

The campaign is supported by the Notts Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, Community Protection, the Crime and Drugs Partnership, Notts County Council, Nottingham City Council, Mansfield Partnership against Crime, Ashfield District Council and Women’s Aid.

Pledge your support at https://www.facebook.com/nottinghamshireallianceagainstviolence

 

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