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Last Updated: Monday, 12 December 2005, 07:20 GMT
Police tackle drink-fuelled crime
Michael Fuller
Kent's police chief said one crime was 'one crime too many'
A "major blitz on crime" has been promised by Kent Police with the focus on festive crime hotspots.

Officers will be targeting burglary, vehicle crime, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour, including drink-related nuisance and violence.

Seasonal drink-fuelled crime includes increased night-time nuisance, drug and drink driving, and increased violence.

The force said violence can range from pub punch-ups to attacks behind closed doors, including domestic violence.

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "Sadly, the festive season can be a time of suffering for domestic violence victims, as alcohol also fuels rage.

'Known criminals'

"Specialist teams will be working with other agencies to identify and support victims - and to deal with the person causing the violence."

Chief Constable Mike fuller said crime in Kent was low, but added: "Every crime is one too many."

He said the force's message to criminals was "don't even think of making Christmas a misery for others".

The blitz will focus on known criminals and troublemakers using local information and intelligence, police said.




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