Northamptonshire bar staff given breathalysers by police in bid to reduce violent crime
Police in Wellingborough have provided town centre bar staff with breathalysers as part of their bid to reduce violent crime.
Wellingborough Pubwatch and police are raising awareness of how a night out can lead to a fight and the loss of life through their ‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign.
Bar staff have now been given materials to help prevent incidents ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Wellingborough sector commander Insp Lara Alexander-Lloyd said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the pubs and clubs in Wellingborough, but would encourage people to consider how much alcohol they consume.
“What can start out as a fun night drinking with friends can easily turn into a nightmare.
“Just one punch can ruin the lives of both the victim and the person who throws the punch.”
Wellingborough Safer Community Team Sgt Sue Torrance said: “We need people to play their part by thinking out their actions before getting involved in a fight on a night out.”
Wellingborough Pubwatch is supporting the police initiative and encourage their customers to walk away from issues, or, in venues with door supervisors, advise them of the problem.
This allows drinkers to continue their night and prevent them from potentially being barred from all pubs within our scheme.
Police are advising people heading out to know their limits and stay in control, and avoid drinking in rounds.
They are also advising people to recognise when it’s time to slow down, stick with friends and look out for each other, and walk away from arguments and confrontation. If it persists they should seek out door staff or a police officer.