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Crime figures put campaign against booze-fuelled violence into 'sharp focus' says Devon police commissioner

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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Devon and Cornwall’s most up-to-date crime figures have put the campaign to reduce alcohol-related crime into “sharp focus”, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg said.

Mr Hogg made the issue a priority in his “police and crime plan” for the two counties amid evidence that alcohol is a factor in up to half of all offences.

He has already staged a “think tank” session with licencees and is now targeting talks with supermarkets, particularly over the sale of cheap, but high-strength, drink.

“We need to understand what creates the environment where violence is prevalent, not just within the city night-time economy, but through our towns and villages and into our homes,” he said.

“We need to better understand the causes so that we can properly get to grips with this issue.”

Mr Hogg welcomed the 2.6% drop in overall recorded crime and reductions in areas such as burglary, vehicle offences and criminal damage.

However, he said he was concerned that the end of the financial year figures may only show a stable position, rather than a significant reduction.

Mr Hogg added: “Devon and Cornwall remains a low crime area and in specific areas such as burglary we have some of the lowest levels in the country.

“However we, need to continue to work hard to ensure that specific low crime areas are maintained and that others are addressed by the police, my office and partners.”

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  • merrythought  |  January 23 2014, 2:09PM

    When will anyone admit that 24 hour drinking legislation has fuelled the violence problem?

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