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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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BREAKING British and French scrambled to North Sea

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British and French jets have scrambled to the North Sea amid reports that Russian planes have entered the UK airspace.

The RAF Typhoon fighter jet is supporting Airbus Voyager plane deployed from Newcastle after 3pm today.

The French have also supported in the deployment supporting with a fighter jet.

In total four jets were seen over the North Sea on mapping.

The RAF has declined to comment on the situation describing it as an ongoing military operation.

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Fancy being locked in a haunted police cell?

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Forget Halloween Fancy a spooky night of fun, locked in a haunted cell for 24 hours to raise money for charity. Then we have an event that is right up your street.

Following on from the success of the PC Edward Walker Tour, Jules Berry a DDO with the Met Police is back with her spooky haunted cell idea to raise money for COPS UK and WMP History Museum, That is exactly what you can do this Feb.

Met Police Detention Officer Jules Berry is arranging the whole event in partnership with the WMP History Museum and is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The event will take place on the 8th and 9th of February 2019, but be quick as places are limited.

Unfortunately, Police Hour will no longer be live streaming this event to our 2.5 Million Followers, But we hope our readers can still attend and support this event.

Need we say any more, Simply watch this video then sign up

Hats off to Kerry Blakeman for his fantastic advertorial.

The event is being held to support the restoration of the West Midlands Police Museum and COPS UK.

About COPS

COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives.

Since being founded in 2003, they have helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer.

They aim to ensure that surviving family members have all the help they need

to cope with such a tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

What COPS do?

COPS is a peer support charity, enabling Survivors from around the UK to support other Survivors in practical ways. They arrange local and national events that enable Survivors to build friendships and bonds that support them through the good times and bad.

Families are rightly proud of their officer and COPS to help ensure that they remain part of the police family.

What about the WMP History?

The West Midlands Police Museum at Coventry was opened in 1959 and celebrates the history of Coventry City Police which existed between 1839 & 1969, before becoming part of Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary and in 1974, West Midlands Police.

The site at Sparkhill has been operating since 1995 when it moved there from the force’s training facility at Tally Ho! where it been operating as a CID training facility since the mid 1970s. Several of the exhibits had originated from the old Forensic Science Service laboratory when it moved from Newton Street to Gooch Street.

The Sparkhill museum contains items of policing memorabilia and old records from the West Midlands Police predecessor forces of Birmingham City Police, Walsall Borough Police, Dudley Borough Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and West Midlands Constabulary. Some records are also held of Staffordshire County Police and Worcestershire officers as parts of those forces now fall within the West Midlands Police area.

You can also drop an email [email protected] to sign up, you must raise a minimum of £250 sponsorship.

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What on earth is happening in Salisbury? Two people fall seriously ill

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Emergency Services have launched a major incident after two people have fallen ill in Salisbury.

Officers have placed a cordon around Prezzo Restaurant after a man and woman were taken ill.

Police have declared a major incident. Police do not believe this is linked to Novichok.

Police received a call from the ambulance service to Prezzo restaurant, in High Street, at approximately 6.45pm. Two people, a man aged in his 40s and a woman aged in her 30s, had become unwell.

Due to recent events in the city and concerns that the pair had been exposed to an unknown substance, a highly precautionary approach was taken by all emergency services.

Both were taken to Salisbury District Hospital and were clinically assessed. We can now confirm that there is nothing to suggest that Novichok is the substance. Both people remain in hospital under observation.

The major incident status has now been stood down.

At this stage it is not yet clear if a crime has been committed and enquiries remain ongoing.

Salisbury District Hospital remains open as usual.

A cordon will remain in place around Prezzo at this time as part of ongoing routine enquiries. All other areas that were cordoned off will now be reopened.

We’d like to thank the public for their patience as a result of the impact of this incident.

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