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Half Violent Crime in Cornwall Fuelled by Booze

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6:02am 14th November 2011

It is revealed drinking is linked to nearly half of violent crime in Cornwall.

That is according to alcohol awareness teams in the Duchy. They say just over half of all domestic violence incidents involve drink too.

Paul Carter is first point of contact for people who end up in custody.

He says 69% of those end up asking for advice or help with alcohol issues, "There have been two or three stories recently where I've gone into the cells and I've almost had to take a step back because of the affect the alcohol has had on an individual's life. It does break your heart because quite often it's - there but for the grace of god go I.

"It isn't about solving a problem, it's about relating to each individual as a human being and not as a statistic. We try to put a human label on it and help them recognise the reasons they have ended up where they have ended up."

You can find out more about Alcohol Awareness week here.

6:02am 14th November 2011

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