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Campaign across Hampshire focuses on dangers of drink
A CRACKDOWN on booze-fuelled crime will be launched across Hampshire next week in a bid to remind people of the dangers of drinking too much.
Police in Southampton, Eastleigh, Romsey and across the New Forest will take part in the week-long campaign – part of a national alcohol awareness drive – which coincides with students returning to universities.
Across the county, officers will be enforcing a zero-tolerance approach to anyone drunk in the streets close to bars, clubs and restaurants while off-licences and licensed premises will be targeted in test purchase operations to ensure youths are not being sold drink.
There will also be visits to night-time venues to ensure capacity, safety, noise levels and weights and measures rules are being enforced.
Underage drinking in parks and other public spaces will also be tackled, with police visiting parents of those caught, who could also find themselves hit with an acceptable behaviour contract.
The hope is by doing so it will bring home the message of the harm alcohol can do when people do not drink responsibly. Alcohol is known to be a major factor in crimes committed in parts of the county as well. Police licensing inspector Justin Roberts said: “The week of action will allow us to drive home the message of the dangers of alcohol, if people don’t behave responsibly while drinking.
“For some people it can end in a life-changing or even life-ending accident; for others it can mean a criminal record that can have a devastating effect on their lives. Then, of course, there are medical effects of drinking too much.
“We would urge people to think about how much they are drinking and to drink responsibly. We don’t want to be dealing with people because they have drunk too much and been in a fight, hurt, had an accident or done something criminal. “Not only does it affect their lives but those around them. It means we can’t be attending to other investigations or emergencies that need our attention.”
Inspector Roberts also warned those selling alcohol, saying: “You have a responsibility to make sure you are only serving those of the right age and who aren’t drunk. Please make sure you do that and look after your customers. We will be checking and we will take action against those who don’t comply. It is pleasing to know that many, many businesses in our area do take this responsibility seriously.”
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