Booze blamed for increase in violent crimes

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Police have blamed an increase in violent crime on alcohol, revealing that 50 per cent of such crimes are drink related.

The latest statistics show there were 815 incidents of violent crime in the North Warwickshire policing area, which includes Rugby, compared to 780 last year.

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Wells, the officer co-ordinating measures to tackle violent crime across the Warwickshire and West Mercia police alliance, said the latest figures across the whole policing area were encouraging but still too high. He said a number of new initiatives had recently been introduced to counter violent crime in city and town centres, including focusing on alcohol-related incidents.

He said: “Nearly 50 per cent of violent incidents are alcohol-related and officers across our two forces have been working hard to reduce offences which impact on the night-time economy and on people wishing to enjoy a night out. Thousands of beer mats, posters and flyers have been distributed during recent weeks under the theme of ‘Call Time on Violent Crime’ urging people to drink sensibly, to stay safe and to keep out of trouble.”

He added: “At the end of the day, it is up to individuals to act responsibly.

“I want people to help us by reporting incidents. If you see trouble in the street, or fear it is about to break out, call the police on 101. If it is an emergency, call 999. I would also urge people to stand up and be counted if they witness acts of violence and to come forward with information.”