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1:38pm 7th April 2014

An alcohol warning goes out to Cornwall as the Easter break gets underway.

Police statistics show a traditional rise in booze related crime during holidays.

It is as the man in charge of policing in the Duchy and Devon re-iterates drink related trouble is a top priority.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg said: "The main problem is pre-loading and it triggers difficulty, it triggers violence. Now what do the public want? Do they want their police out on the streets at three or four in the morning or do they want them out visible during the day."

"The damage brought about by alcohol is enormous. 40% of violent crime or thereabouts is fuelled by alcohol. We're seventh in the league table of 43 police areas on violent crime. We're fourth on rape. We've been searching for the reason behind this and we've come down heavily on the misuse of alcohol."

Police are now encouraging young people to keep safe and have a good time during the Easter holidays.

They say alcohol consumption increases and common sense can be left at home, to have fun but know your limits, to know when to stop drinking and plan your evening.

Licensing Sergeant, Martin Worthington, said: "We want everyone to enjoy themselves over Easter and the spring break. Whilst most people drink responsibly, there is a small minority who do not.

"Alcohol can dramatically change someone's behaviour which can often result in them doing something they may not do when sober. We are asking people to think about the consequences of excessive drinking before they begin their night out."

Police advice to help people stay safe includes:

*Drink responsibly - know when to stop drinking alcohol and to drink water regularly during the evening.

*Always walk away from trouble. Stay in control and prevent your actions leaving you with a criminal record for years to come.

*Plan how to get home before you go out and pre-book a licensed taxi if you will need one at the end of the evening.

Devon and Cornwall Police are proactively promoting safety advice with an age-specific poster campaign, targeting men and women under 25 with the message: 'Don't turn a night out into a nightmare'.

For more information on alcohol safety, visit www.devon-cornwall.police.uk

If you wish to report a crime, contact the police on 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk . In the event of an emergency dial 999.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

1:38pm 7th April 2014

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