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Alderney Police launch anti-violence campaign

Sgt James Priest
Sgt Priest said the campaign targeted younger islanders

Alderney Police have launched a campaign telling young islanders that violence is unacceptable.

Males aged between 10 and 24 are being targeted by an educational campaign about the effects of physical actions.

Sgt James Priest said the situation in Alderney was no worse than elsewhere, but efforts were being made to reduce the number of incidents.

He said incidents had reduced since the disorder and anti-social behaviour strategy was introduced.

Sgt Priest said: "Reports of disturbances have dropped dramatically, arrests for violence and disorder have been slashed. For instance we've only had two in seven months, compare that to 10 in one month at the height of the summer.

"There's a need here to be vigilant and at times just to intervene."

Plans for the campaign include a football tournament, rugby coaching, forming a youth committee to work with police and working with the island's schoolchildren.

He said he thought there was more confidence in the island's police since the introduction of neighbourhood policing, which this strategy is an extension of.

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