Extra police patrols in crackdown of alcohol-fuelled student violence in Sheffield

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, of South Yorkshire Police
Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, of South Yorkshire Police
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Extra police will be on patrol and a city centre street will be closed as part of a crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence involving students.

South Yorkshire Police have joined forces with both universities after figures revealed students in the city are more likely to become the victims of alcohol-related violence than other residents.

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Figures from September 2014 to June 2015, show alcohol was an aggravating factor in 57 – 22 per cent – of 256 violent against students.

But alcohol was an aggravating feature in 172 – 16 per cent – of 1,052 crimes for the general population during the same period.

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest said students are often both the perpetrator and victims in the crimes – with a spike in offences seen during freshers week, Christmas and at the end of term.

More patrols will also be in the city centre providing extra support while Carver Street will be closed to vehicles on Friday and Saturday evening.

Chf Insp Forrest said: “We are not the fun police and I know how exciting it is to be a student, particularly when you’re living away from home for the first time.

“Our message is a simple one around knowing your limits and not letting one extra drink result in what can be life-altering consequences.

“I’ve seen the results of alcohol-fuelled violence too many times and a drunken scuffle can result in life-defining consequences for both the victim and the perpetrator.

“There can be little worse than seeing someone’s future jeopardised because of one drunken mistake.

“A conviction can profoundly affect your career prospects and make travelling to certain countries difficult.”

Chf Insp Forrest said Sheffield was a safe city and welcoming to the thousands of students who live and study there.

She said: “We know through our statistics that there is no evidence to suggest that there is student bashing going on and residents are attacking students.

“Sheffield is safe city and a fantastic place to be based during your university years.

“Students are great for the city’s economy and we are very welcoming of them – we just want them to think about their behaviour.”

The police and Sheffield DACT – Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team – have launched a Best Bar None app for mobile phones which includes information needed for a safe night out in Sheffield.