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Norwich has been selected as a Home Office Local Alcohol Action Area

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Norwich has today (Friday 27 January 2017) been confirmed as one of the areas to be given the opportunity to be a Local Alcohol Action Area by the Home Office.

The initiative, first launched in 2014, was set up to support local areas in implementing their own plans to reduce alcohol-related crime and health harms, and to diversify the night time economy.

Norwich has been allocated a Home Office support manager and will be given access to expert advice from elsewhere in government, plus mentors who are able to assist with insight and expertise.

Inspector Ed Brown, of Community Operations, said: “Strong, sustained and effective partnership working is at the heart of successful approaches to reducing alcohol-related harm.

“Being selected by the Home Office will allow us to continue to develop local solutions and strategies to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder with partners in the NHS which we can then share as best practice more widely. It will also help in offering reassurance to members of the public who are part of the night time economy.

“A key aspect to improving our response is to enhance how we record incidents as data so it helps us understand where we should be targeting appropriate interventions.”

Superintendent for Norwich, Lynne Cross, said: “It is estimated that 21% of violent crimes in Norfolk are alcohol related. However, the impact is felt wider than within the police service. The annual cost of alcohol-related violence to all public services in Norfolk is estimated to be £27.4m.

“While this project focusses on alcohol, it will also offer us an opportunity to improve the information we receive around drug and crime related admissions. The support shown by the Home Office will hopefully go a long way in reducing these figures and I am confident we are on the right track to make a positive change to alcohol-related crime and disorder.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said: “I very much welcome this Home Office initiative. Few of us have not been affected directly or indirectly by the ravages of alcohol misuse or addiction.

While no part or age group of society is immune, this weekend I will be focussing on the excessive use of alcohol by some young people.

That is why I will be on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich Friday night to understand better the drivers that lead to personal and social harm and public disorder from inappropriate drinking. I also am meeting with representatives from the night time economy next week to explore how we can partner more closely to encourage appropriate behaviours.”

Louise Smith, Director of Public Health, said: “I am really pleased and proud to support and sponsor this initiative. It will give everyone involved a strong foundation of working together to tackle shared themes.”

Councillor Paul Kendrick, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: “This is a welcome initiative which complements the work around the night-time economy and the 12-point plan agreed by the city council’s cabinet. By partners in the city working together, it will help identify issues around vulnerability and may lead to more informed decisions taken by partners and the council, including those which fall under its responsibility for licensing.”

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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