Calderdale’s top cop backs push to tackle drink-fuelled violence and crime

Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern.
Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern.

The top cop in Calderdale is urging revellers to stay safe this Christmas.

A campaign, aimed at cutting booze-fulled crime, is runnign across the district during the festive season.

Police are hoping Be Dafe this Christmas will stop alcohol- related theft, domestic abuse and violence.

Divisional Commander for Calderdale Police, Chief Superintendent Chris Hardern, said: “The Christmas season often sees an increased risk of offences such as domestic violence and excess Christmas alcohol consumption is almost always a key factor.

“We often hear of women who have put themselves at risk on a night out or men who have lost control and become violent through too much alcohol.

“We are simply urging people out and about to go out and have a good time but to think about their personal safety.

“Just one flash of alcohol fuelled temper can result in life-changing consequences for the victim’s family and the perpetrator left facing years in prison as a result of seeing red.”

Officers will be joined by Halifax Street Angels to patrol town centres, handing out advice to people enjoying nights out on how to stay safe.

Advice includes only using licensed taxis, knowing your drinking limits and planning how you will get home.

Police will be targeting known domestic violence offenders and carrying out specialist domestic violence patrols.

Calderdale Council are also backing the safety message.