Police launch campaign to reduce alcohol-fuelled violent crime involving students in Sheffield

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Police in Sheffield have launched a new campaign after statistics show that students in the city are more likely to become the victims of alcohol-fuelled violence than other residents.

South Yorkshire Police has joined forces with both the city’s universities to remind students of the link between alcohol and violent crime as thousands of freshers descend on Sheffield.

Figures from September 2104 to February 2015, show that alcohol was an aggravating factor in 57 - 22 per cent - of 256 violent against students.

Across the same period, the figure of alcohol as an aggravating offences fell to 172 - 16 per cent - of 1,052 crimes for the general population.

Chief Inspector Jayne Forrest, who leads the police’s response to violent crime in the city, 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.”

More information on the campaign and updates on the steps students can take can be found by searching the hashtag #BadNightOut.

Chf Insp Forrest added: “Sheffield is safe city and a fantastic place to be based during your university years,”

“We are working alongside both universities to remind students of the simple steps they can take to keep themselves safe as they embark on what is a very exciting time.”