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The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed new measures to tackle alcohol related violence, announced by the Justice Secretary today.

In the last year, nearly 6000 alcohol related offences* were recorded across West Mercia.

Courts will be given the power to issue offenders with sobriety tags, which monitor alcohol consumption, alerting police and probation services if wearers are non-compliant. When piloted in other areas there was a 92% compliance rate.

Commissioner John Campion said “Across many of West Mercia’s towns and cities, alcohol related violence is an issue, which drains police resources. I welcome any measures which tackle the root causes of this issue, giving courts powers to impose punishments which are proven to work. Ultimately measures like this will help to make our communities safer.”

*Figures are across all offence categories, covering April 2018- March 2019

Issued: Tuesday 1st October 2019