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Wales set to Introduce a 50p minimum alcohol Unit Price

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Minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales: response from Deputy Crime Commissioner Sophie Howe

South Wales Police Deputy Crime Commissioner Sophie Howe has welcomed the proposed new law to introduce a minimum unit price for the sale and supply of alcohol in Wales.

This draft Bill mirror’s the excellent work already undertaken by South Wales Police and partner agencies to effectively tackle alcohol-related crime and the impact it has on both the victims and perpetrators.

The Welsh Government has published a consultation, which highlights the introduction could save almost 50 lives a year by tackling the impact on health and society of drinking too much alcohol. The draft Bill proposes introducing an offence for alcohol to be sold or supplied below the minimum price per unit, which would be set at 50p per unit, although this would be kept under review.

Introducing a 50p minimum unit price is estimated to be worth £882m to the Welsh economy in terms of reductions in illness, crime and workplace absence over 20 years*. Crime – and the cost of crime to the taxpayer – would also be expected to fall following the introduction of a minimum unit price, with an estimated 3,684 fewer offences a year; workplace absence would also fall by up to 10,000 days per year *.

The South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s office is collaborating with Public Health Wales, who are analysing multi-agency data linked to violence that has been shared by the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust, South Wales Police and the three health boards covering the force area. All of the trend data received has highlighted that peak times for violence are on a Friday and Saturday night between the hours of 22:00hrs and 04:00hrs the next day.

This is clearly linked to the night time economy, with the vast majority of repeat assault locations being licensed premises in each health board area. This is the time when all emergency services are under the most pressure and this understanding has led to the development of interventions such as the Swansea Help Point and the Know the Score Campaign.

Deputy Crime Commissioner Sophie Howe said:

“Tackling violent crime is a key priority. We continue to work with our partners in health, local government education and the voluntary sector, to make our town and city centres safer. The new Help Point in Swansea, the Alcohol Treatment Centre in Cardiff and improving training for door staff are just three important examples. Additionally, we have our partners on board such as local authority taxi marshals and Street Pastors who play an important role, as well as agencies such as the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency who ensure the transport people use to get into town and city centres is safe.

“Good progress is being made but there is still much more to be done and we are now working with our partners to prevent the conditions that can often lead to violence and injury – quite simply drinking too much.

“South Wales has some of the best venues to enjoy and we want people to make sure they have a great time out just by taking responsibility for themselves and their friends.

“In a recent campaign carried out in partnership with health organisations, on average individuals consume around 17.9 units of alcohol during a night out.”

The draft Bill proposes:

New powers for Welsh Ministers to make subordinate legislation to set the minimum unit price for all alcohol sold or supplied in Wales; Powers for local authorities to enforce the minimum unit price, including powers of entry for authorised officers; an offence of obstructing an authorised officer and the power to issue fixed penalty notices.

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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