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West Oxfordshire Launch World Cup Nightsafe

The World Cup is being used as a theme in an operation to highlight the negative impact of
excessive alcohol drinking in West Oxfordshire. It is part of the Nightsafe campaign, which raises awareness of violent crime and criminal damage.

The Community Safety Partnership is using World Cup style posters to remind people about Nighsafe and that CCTV is operating in Witney. Over 130 individuals, who have been arrested for violent crime or criminal damage during the last year, will be receiving a letter about the campaign. High profile uniformed police operations on the days England are playing will also be taking place.

Inspector Andy Higgs, who has responsibility for Neighbourhoods and Licensing in West Oxfordshire said: "Nightsafe brings together the work of several agencies, including the police, local councils, the community, and licensed traders. We believe that this campaign will succeed in curbing alcohol abuse and the anti-social behaviour and crime that so often follows.”

Sean Hartless, the owner of Izis Café Bar in Witney who is supporting the initiative said:“Licensees in Witney fully support Nightsafe and the World Cup is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the towns CCTV scheme.”

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Licensing at West Oxfordshire District Council said: "West Oxfordshire is a great place to live, we are proud of our low crime rate and the reduction in crime during the last year and want to keep it that way. No-one wants to stop people enjoying themselves, all we ask is that people show respect and think of the impact their behaviour has on others.”

Posted : 10/05/2006 22:40:36

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