Police take to Twitter to highlight alcohol related harm and crime

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West Yorkshire Police is taking to Twitter this weekend in support of a national campaign to highlight alcohol related harm and crime.

An Inspector will be Tweeting live about a selection of alcohol related incidents as part of a national ‘Raising Awareness of Alcohol Harm’ drive mounted by ACPO - the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The national Twitter event will start at around 10pm on Saturday night (May 25) and run to the early hours of Sunday morning. It’s about raising awareness of how a night out drinking alcohol excessively can lead to harm, and impact on the demands of emergency services and other partners.

Inspector Dan Wood, from West Yorkshire Police’s Local Policing Support, said: “Alcohol is a significant factor in a large number of incidents we deal with. As a Force we devote substantial resources to preventing such incidents, responding to them when they occur and dealing with the aftermath of these alcohol fuelled crimes and altercations.

“As a Force we are committed to keeping people safe and conducting operations to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder but it is also important for us to make people aware of the need to be responsible when drinking alcohol. Hopefully this event will help people realise the harm that alcohol can cause and the strain it puts on our service and that of our partners”

The Twitter event will be run alongside West Yorkshire Police’s ‘One Punch Can Kill’ campaign as part of the Force’s ongoing work to reduce violent crime. ‘One Punch Can Kill’ reminds people of how a night out can lead to a fight and the loss of life.

Insp Wood said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the pubs and clubs in the towns and cities of West Yorkshire, but would encourage people to consider how much alcohol they consume and what the consequences can be. Excess drink contributes to crimes such as assaults, criminal damage and public order and it often plays a part in the anti-social behaviour affecting communities”

To keep updated visit www.twitter.com/westyorkspolice. The messages will link in via the hashtag #alcoholharm

For details of all West Yorkshire Police’s Social Media accounts, see www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/socialmediasites