Cost of booze-fuelled crime in Cumbria revealed
Last updated at 09:50, Thursday, 26 September 2013
POLICE chiefs have spelled out the staggering cost of alcohol abuse in Cumbria, with the tab to tackle drink-fuelled crime totalling £22m a year.
Figures show 619,000 working hours were spent by county police last year on alcohol-related offences or associated jobs such as patrolling round nightspots.
More than eight per cent of road crashes that led to a fatal or serious injury were also said to be drink-related, as were 40 per cent of all violent crimes.
Police statistics also show 10,700 detainees brought into custody were drunk or on drugs in the previous 12 months, while alcohol played a part in 5,100 antisocial and rowdy incidents.
The figures were issued at the launch at the force’s Carleton Hall headquarters, near Penrith, of a plan to deal with alcohol harm in the county, with Cumbria’s most senior crime-fighting figures present. Chief Constable Bernard Lawson said he believed the link to 40 per cent of violence was an “underestimate”, adding it was “a really important issue for Cumbria Constabulary and a really important issue for our communities”.
He said the problems could be broken down into categories such as the effect on those under 18, the link to antisocial behaviour, hazardous drinkers such as drink-drivers and the impact on families and partners.
“In terms of the under-18s, we are working with people like Trading Standards to detect those off-licences that sell alcohol to under-age drinkers,” said Mr Lawson.
He added people, particularly in the 18 to 24 age bracket, could “go through a phase where they view alcohol as an opportunity to commit outrageous behaviour without understanding the effects”.
On violence, he said: “The simple issue is alcohol when misused leads to violent crime.”
Mr Lawson added a number of schemes were up and running, such as the Best Bar None drive to recognise landlords who provided good management, discouraged binge drinking and prevented alcohol-related crime.
The aim of the plan is to continue work tackling problems associated with alcohol harm. Every day this week the force will be focusing on a different area where officers are doing so, with an emphasis on schools, licensing and encouraging people to “break the cycle”.
The county’s crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, said being drunk was “not an excuse for breaking the law”.
He added: “In one of the first conversations I had with the chief constable, I asked the question: What are we going to do about alcohol?”
First published at 16:36, Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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when real crime happens you cant get a pc, but when the pubs are open fri sat your falling over them, the article is spin spin spin.
There are many multi agency approaches taking place.Awareness to risk taking behaviour regarding alcohol use with young people. Targeting education, along with parenting accountability are just a few. The negative impact on Alcohol misuse is evident in our hospitals and society in general.