Violent attacks fall as booze prices rise

Violent attacks fall as booze prices rise
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Higher alcohol prices and CCTV are among factors behind a ten per cent fall in the number of people seriously injured in assaults, experts say.

Last year, 211,514 people had to go to emergency departments, minor injury units and walk-in centres in England and Wales.

That was 22,995 fewer than in 2013, a study by Cardiff University found.

The bulk of that violence is committed by men aged 18 to 30 and happens mainly in urban streets at night.

The report’s lead author, Prof Jonathan Shepherd, said greater use of town centre CCTV is leading to police intervening in fights more quickly.

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Better street lighting and the use of plastic glasses in pubs is helping. But he also said potentially violent young men are showing more self-control.

‘We are becoming a more empathetic society with a better connectivity with social media,’ he said.

‘As we emerge from the economic downturn, we must ensure that the affordability of alcohol does not increase.’

But he cautioned: ‘It isn’t all good news. Our findings suggest the issue of alcohol-related violence endures, with violence-related emergency department attendance consistently at its highest levels on weekends.’

Violence against children also fell last year – by 18 per cent.

Prof Shepherd said better safeguarding and surveillance in schools and improved anti-bullying measures have made a difference.

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21 April 2015 | 9:35 pm – Source:


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