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Police put drunkeness in the spotlight
2:26pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
POLICE have launched a week-long crackdown on drunkenness and alcohol-related crime..
The “In Focus: Alcohol Harm” initiative will see local neighbourhood teams and Special Constables stepping up high-visibility night-time patrols in drinking hotspots.
Officers will visit hospital accident and emergency and “out of hours” departments and will deal robustly with threats of violence or verbal abuse from drunk patients and the people accompanying them to hospital.
Themed Pubwatch meetings with messages to licensees changing each month will be introduced.
On Saturday night (September 21) the volunteer group “Streetlights” will be on patrol in Durham City offering pastoral support to people who are vulnerable as a result of drinking excessively.
Officers will also be making educational visits to hotels in Durham where stag and hen-do events take place.
Also on Saturday, between 3pm and 7pm, people can learn about the effects of alcohol at a “dry bar” run by Best Bar None in Millennium Place, Durham.
Best Bar None, a national award scheme that promotes responsible management and operation of alcohol-licensed premises, is aiming to raise awareness about drink and help people recognise their limits regarding its consumption.
Inspector Colin Dobson, of the force’s alcohol harm reduction unit, said: “The week’s activities are focusing on drinkers, those licensed to supply alcohol and their premises and those at potential risk of harm from people who abuse alcohol.
“Much of what we are doing is educational but people need to be in no doubt that it is being backed up with robust enforcement."
Members of the public can follow the week of action on Twitter @DurhamAHRU
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