Crime campaign launch

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A campaign has been launched to fight alcohol related crime in the Craigavon borough.

The Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), PSNI and Crimestoppers are working together to help reduce violent alcohol related incidents.

Police say that in recent times there has been an increase in these types of crime especially around the town centres during the evening and night.

This hard hitting campaign is being displayed on billboards and bus shelters throughout the borough and local licensed premises will have them displayed on posters and beer mats.

“This is to emphasise the issue to people consuming alcohol that they should think about their actions while out as it could lead to something more serious such as violent crime.

Chief Inspector Anthony McNally, Area Commander, PSNI explained: “Violent crime covers a broad range of offences from minor assaults, through to the more serious grievous bodily harm, however what is clear is that each and every assault has the potential to cause serious harm or in the worst cases, have fatal consequences – as shown through our ‘one punch’ campaign.

“What is also evident from our statistical analysis is that alcohol is a motivating factor in a large number of violent crimes.

“Whilst current figures show a very pleasing decrease in violent crime across Craigavon of 13 per cent compared to the same period last year, it is important in the run up to Christmas that every individual knows their own alcohol tolerance level, and as this particular campaign emphasises, remains in full control of their own actions.”