Northamptonshire Police dealt with 152 violent crimes over Christmas

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Police dealt with 152 incidents of violent and alcohol related crime during Christmas and New Year - traditionally one of the worst periods of the year.

Figures for the week up to and including New Year’s Eve showed the number of recorded violent offences was 21 per cent down on the same period last year, and 34 per cent down on the year before.

Chief Inspector Dave Spencer, the force lead for alcohol licensing and harm reduction, said: “I’m really pleased with the Christmas and New Year policing effort around violent crime, supported by a high-profile campaign with some very powerful messages about the impact excessive alcohol can have.

“Traditionally the week around New Year sees the highest levels of violence of any week in the year, but this time the trend has been bucked.

“Whilst the number of violent offences recorded was higher than during an average week, it was nevertheless down from 193 for the same period last year to 152 this year.

“It’s reassuring that the effort we have made, in partnership with the licensing trade, to improve standards of retailing, encourage responsible drinking and to take a less tolerant approach to drunkenness appears to have paid off. This, alongside the circulation of very stark messages about the link between alcohol and violence, have really made a difference.

“We are now supporting ‘Dry January’ and continue to encourage people to think intelligently about their relationship with alcohol.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “Our tactics are clearly working. The effects of irresponsible drinking are a huge drain on police resources, costing Northamptonshire Police nearly £1.5 million every year.

“One of my main focuses is to ensure all agencies are working together to tackle alcohol-related crime and this is clearly beginning to pay dividends.”