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Bid to cut drink-fuelled violence
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Police said drink-fuelled violence would be dealt with severely
Police chiefs have launched a crackdown on alcohol-fuelled violence, warning those caught behaving in such a way will be dealt with severely.

The three-week campaign, which is being backed with 1m of Scottish Government funding, is taking place in the run up to Christmas.

The money will be used to fund more high profile policing and schemes such as late-night taxi marshals.

Police will also be trying to curb the amount of alcohol bought by under-18s.

The drive is the latest phase of the Safer Scotland anti-violence initiative.

'Inexperienced drinkers'

Chief Inspector Andy McKay, the Safer Scotland co-ordinator, said: "Alcohol-related violence is a problem that blights every community in Scotland, from major cities to rural areas.

"Christmas is a time when pubs and bars are at their busiest and many of those attending festive parties will be inexperienced drinkers who are more susceptible to becoming either victims or perpetrators of alcohol-fuelled violence.

"This isn't just about clamping down on those who engage in alcohol-related violence.

"We need to educate people about the dangers of excessive drinking and the effects it can have."

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "Sadly, there's barely a weekend that goes by without one incident or another to remind us of the importance of tackling alcohol-fuelled violence.

"I hope the projects we're funding through this additional 1m can complement the Safer Scotland campaign to make the streets of our towns and cities safer and help people to have a more enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

"It is after all a time for enjoyment and celebration and it's important that we don't let the minority spoil the fun for everyone."

SEE ALSO
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