Quarter of child abuse cases linked to alcohol, Northamptonshire Police says


Northamptonshire Police is raising awareness of the problems related to excessive drinking during a special awareness week.

Heavy drinking of alcohol is linked to 50 percent of violent crime one in four child abuse cases are carried out by people under the influence of alcohol.

Throughout this week officers will be tweeting about alcohol-related incidents and encouraging people to think about the harm alcohol can cause in the local community.

Northamptonshire Police will also be publicising Dry January 2014, encouraging people to give up drinking for a month.

Chief Inspector Dave Spencer, Northamptonshire Police’s lead for alcohol harm reduction, said: “Alcohol has a huge impact on policing.

“Drink-fuelled anti-social behaviour in our pubs, clubs and on our streets is only part of the problem. As well as 50 percent of all violent crimes. Excessive drinking clearly increases your likelihood of committing a crime or becoming a victim.

“The harm that alcohol can do in our communities cannot be ignored.”

Chief Constable Adrian Lee, the national lead for Alcohol Licensing and Harm Reduction, said, in a recent 24 hour period, 27 per cent of all calls for service to the police control room were alcohol-related.

He said: “Alcohol plays a significant part in the social lives of many people and can make a positive contribution to our society, but the effects of irresponsible drinking are seen and dealt with across the county by the emergency services every day.

“Throughout the awareness week we want people to consider their relationship with alcohol and how it impacts on their life.’

Adam Simmonds, the Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “One of my main focuses is to ensure all agencies are working together to tackle alcohol-related crime.

“Drink-related incidents are a huge drain on police resources, and cost Northamptonshire Police nearly £1.5 million every year. I support any move which encourages debate about the impact excessive drinking has on our communities.”