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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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Man who Brutally kicked woman down stairs is beaten up in jail

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A manhunt was launched last year after a woman was brutally kicked down the stairs of a metro station, justice caught up with him and he was jailed. Now he has been subjected to a violent attack in jail.

Svetoslav Stoykov aged 28 carried out a random and vicious attack on a woman in October 2016, at the Hermannstrasse metro station.

His motive for the attack still remains unclear, Stoykov was sentenced to two years and 11 months in jail for the attack on the woman.

But now one year later while at Berlin’s Heidering Prison he has himself become the victim of a violent attack.

Last Friday, some other inmates at the prison hid their faces with T-shirts and rushed into Stoykov’s cell to attack him after a prison guard opened his cell door at at 4.05pm.

Stoykov had apparently been relaxing on a couch at the time, and was beaten by a group of prisoners who quickly dispersed.

Attack on the Woman

The shocking footage was released and a manhunt was launched after Stoykov was seen holding a bottle and smoking as he sneaks down four steps behind his victim and then kicks her forcing her to fall several feet to the bottom of the staircase.

The woman smacked her face against the surface of the train station floor Stoykow walks back up the steps and strolls away leaving his victim lifeless and laid on the ground.

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10K raised to support police officers seriously injured in Brent

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Within just 9 hours, £10K has been raised to support two Met Police Officers who are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

A crowdfunding page set up by a close friend of Chris and Sam has now been set up and has raised £10K within less than 9 hours of the appeal launching with the aim of the page to provide support for both officers.

Police have arrested three people including the driver of the car and he is now under investigation, due to this very little details can be released.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Daryl Asprey set up the Go Fund Me page and wrote “This page has been set up to raise funds for two police colleagues Chris and Sam who have suffered very serious injuries when they were struck by a vehicle whilst on duty in Brent on Sunday 17th December 2017.

“There is an ongoing police investigation and only limited information can be provided on this page

“This is the season of good will and giving, so please dig deep and give as much or as little as you can afford. Every little donation, will I’m sure, be greatly received by our friends who will need considerable support for some time into the future.”

Please consider adding your donation to the crowdfunding page.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has information that may assist police should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton on 020 8991 9555 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Two police officers in critical condition after being hit by a car

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Two Met Police Officers are in a critical condition after being struck by a car as they returned to their vehicle.

The police constables are based at Brent Borough in North West London were returning to their marked police car on the A406 North Circular Road near Brent Park, Neasden, at around 3.40am on Sunday, when the collision occurred.

The Police Officers have been named only as Chris and Sam have now had over £10K raised to support them on GoFundMe.

Police have arrested three people including the driver.

Sadly the officers one male and one female are in a critical condition in hospital with loved ones by their beds.

The male officer suffered serious injuries, while female officer sustained a number of fractures. Her condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers have arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

Police placed a cordon at the scene which has now been lifted.

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