Wednesday, July 16 - Devon police in summer binge-drink crackdown

PUBLISHED: 13:16 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

THIS summer police in Devon are joining forces with partner agencies to target the issues of underage and binge drinking during the period July 18 – 25.

THIS summer police in Devon are joining forces with partner agencies to target the issues of underage and binge drinking during the period July 18 - 25.

Although the number of violent offences committed on licensed premises reduced last year in Devon - from 1401 in 2006/7 to 1378 in 2007/8 - the county did witness an overall rise in disorder and violence committed by people under the influence of intoxicating substances - from 5165 in 2006/7 to 5674 in 2007/8.

The police confirmed this links to the evidence and wider concerns that intoxicated people may often become victims of crime, particularly females in respect of sexual offences.

Chief Superintendent Jo Tennant, police commander for Devon, said: "Even though in the last four years there has been a 17 per cent reduction in total violent crime in Devon, the issue of alcohol misuse cannot be ignored. There is a clear link between excessive drinking, violent crime and anti social behaviour.

"All too often both offenders and victims have consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. There is a need for the police, parents, the wider community and partner agencies to work together to address this issue."

The weeklong campaign will include a range of proactive activity aimed at providing both community reassurance alongside directed enforcement within each local policing area to include high visibility patrols, liaison with licensed premises and seizure of alcohol from underage drinkers.

The campaign has been designed to coincide with the commencement of the school summer holiday period in Devon when the county historically sees an increase in violent offences and anti-social behaviour.

Work is being conducted in the build up to the week to raise awareness and provide reassurance in both schools and the wider community of the county. Devon Youth Service is providing a range of activities throughout the summer period which have been marketed in local schools, many of which are priced to include those on low incomes.

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