The sweeter side of Witney's nightlife
Alcohol-related crime in Witney town centre fell by 10% over the festive period as licensed premises handed out free lollipops to drinkers. Assaults alone saw a decrease of 75%.
The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership issued the lollipops to pubs and nightclubs in the town following research that showed the sugar content helps to stabilise the behaviour of those who have consumed alcohol. This, in turn, reduces the chance of disorder and crime that often occurs in public places following excessive drinking.
The lollipops, which feature the Nightsafe logo, were handed to pub-goers by door staff during the two weeks before Christmas.
"The lollipops appear to have been successful on this occasion in helping to reduce alcohol-fuelled disorder which is good news," explains Dennis Evernden, West Oxfordshire Local Area Commander. "Compared to the same period in 2005, the figures for assaults, drunk and disorderly and public order incidents, show that this Christmas they fell by 10%. With this in mind, we are considering rolling out the initiative to other town centres across the district."
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