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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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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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Parents warned after hooded man follows and grabs second child in 24 hours

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Chilling CCTV footage has been released of what is believed to be an attempted abduction of a schoolgirl aged 11 just 24 hours after another school girl reported that she was approached and grabbed by a man as she walked to school in north Manchester.

Police are linking both incidents are warning parents to remain vigilant after a second child was grabbed walking to school.

CCTV footage shows a young girl being approached by a stranger in the street, police have now launched an investigation after the girl was followed and grabbed.

The girl managed to fight off the man and break free before she raised the alarm on Acre Top Road. She escaped unharmed.

The incident happened at 8.30am on Wednesday, January 10th as the girl walked to school. Police are also investigating another incident in which another schoolgirl was grabbed near Sainsbury’s on Middleton Road by the Heaton Park roundabout, was also reported the day before, the school said.

Crab Lane Primary School, in Higher Blackley, released a letter to parents warning that a stranger had attempted to grab a school girl on her way into school ‘The matter was reported to police immediately and the child was able to give a good description,’ the letter from headteacher Pat Adams said.

‘The police have informed us that a similar incident occurred near the Sainsbury’s, by the Heaton Park roundabout, the day before. ‘The police suspect that the two incidents are connected, given the short distance between them and the fact that both girls gave a similar description of the man in question.

‘As of yet, the police have not located this man. Therefore, please take extra precautions to remind your children of ‘stranger danger’ and the importance of being vigilant when on the streets without an adult.’

Police have said the suspect is described as a white man of slim build aged in his 30s he has blond hair and a blue jacket.

Thankfully both children managed to break free, Police are now warning parents to be on their guard and request that children walk in groups of two on their way to and from school.

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