Sheffield police set to blitz booze-related crime in Christmas countdown

Superintendent Colin McFarlane's Sheffield team are set to blitz booze-related crime in run up to Christmas.
Superintendent Colin McFarlane's Sheffield team are set to blitz booze-related crime in run up to Christmas.
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South Yorkshire Police is encouraging people to be aware of their behaviour while out celebrating Christmas as the force aims to reduce alcohol-related antisocial behaviour.

Officers are urging people to enjoy themselves without letting alcohol impair their judgement to such an extent that they undertake actions that can have devastating effects, which could last a lifetime.

Superintendent Colin McFarlane said: “Intelligence indicates that antisocial behaviour, drink-driving, sexual offences and domestic abuse often rise during December - a time when traditionally more alcohol is consumed.

“South Yorkshire Police was called to more than 300 incidents of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour in December 2015 and we’re aiming for a reduction in that figure this year.

“We want people to continue enjoying themselves without making bad decisions that can lead to criminality.

“Drinking too much is simply not worth the risk.”

Today (Monday December 5) marks start of second phase of the force’s alcohol campaign, which targets antisocial behaviour and violent crime.

South Yorkshire Police recognises that antisocial behaviour is an important issue within communities and works tirelessly with partner agencies to prevent it.

Recent initiatives have led to a crackdown on nuisance neighbours, street drinking, and the misuse of fireworks, among other problems. Doncaster and Rotherham have seen police successfully work with communities to seize off-road motorbikes.

The latest initiative follows last week’s launch of the drink-drive element of the campaign, which will be followed by crime prevention initiatives around sexual offences and domestic abuse.

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