Police call on people to ‘reduce drinking’ over the Christmas period

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South Yorkshire Police have launched a Christmas campaign, aimed at reducing the level of irresponsible drinking across the region.

Drink-related antisocial behaviour tends to increase over the festive period across the county, prompting the‘Start thinking reduce your drinking’ Christmas campaign, which was launched by South Yorkshire Police today.

The campaign will focus on reducing alcohol-related violent crime, vulnerability, domestic abuse and underage drinking.

The Force will be carrying out test purchase operations which if failed on a second visit will result in the closure of the licensed premises.

Throughout December officers will be distributing fixed penalty notices and carrying out increased patrols in hotspot alcohol-related crime areas and intervening early with aggressive drunk people in the towns across the county.

Superintendent and Force lead on alcohol for South Yorkshire Police Shaun Morley said: “Unfortunately, on occasion some people take their celebrations to an extreme, putting extra pressure on public services over the holiday period.

“We’re asking the public to help us by knowing their limits, drinking sensibly and not putting themselves in a vulnerable position through excessive consumption of alcohol.

“We see too many cases where a person has had one too many and ended up being arrested for being drunk and disorderly – this has then resulted in them being convicted which has a huge impact on their lives, all because of one drunken night out.

“Throughout the county police will be conducting different initiatives to tackle drink related crime and behaviour and we hope that disorder will be kept to the bare minimum.”

Force lead for violent crime Superintendent Peter Norman (pictured) said: “Domestic abuse will never be tolerated by South Yorkshire Police. It is something that affects every community, regardless of wealth, nationality, age or social class.”

“We know that during December the number of reported incidents of domestic abuse increase. We don’t want victims and their families to suffer in silence. Victims should not have to suffer physical pain or the emotional and mental anguish of being victimised by someone who is supposed to love and care for them.

“There are many excellent services across the county that offer support for individuals looking for advice or even help for a violent partner.

“South Yorkshire Police will always take positive action whenever and wherever we can to protect victims and their families. We know that positive action saves lives and we are here to help. Don’t suffer in silence. Have a safe and happy Christmas. Please call the National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.”