Call to reduce violent crime

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Police in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon are asking for the public’s help to reduce incidents of violent crime, known historically to increase during the month of August.

Detective Chief Inspector James Mullen said: “Violence against a person includes domestic assaults and quite often includes incidents which are fuelled by alcohol.

“With many people on holiday and younger people re celebrating exam results during August, we are asking everyone to make that extra effort this month to be responsible.

“If you are going on a night out, be mindful of your alcohol intake and stay with your friends. If you find yourself or one of your friends being drawn into an argument, walk away and go home. Remember that one punch can kill.

“If you are at home enjoying a few drinks and things start to get out of hand, take a step back and give yourself time to think. Domestic assault can result in a charge - you could find yourself before the courts

“If you are the victim of violence, we, along with many partner agencies, are here to offer support and help.”

Police can be contacted on 101, or 999 in an emergency.