Police target violence in the Kingdom

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FIFE’S police force is hoping to address the “countless reasons” why people are continuing to commit violent crime.

Working with the Scottish Government’s violence reduction unit over an eight-week period, the Kingdom’s community safety partnership will raise awareness of the issues around not only violence, but also alcohol abuse and weapon carrying.

Posters will be distributed through medical centres, placed at community facilities and also on buses, until the end of July.

Inspector David Latto said: “There are countless reasons why people commit violence and carry weapons, both physical and psychological.

“Territorialism, alcohol and ideas around masculinity and respect are all factors, and the way people learn about violence as children can have a huge impact on their future behaviour.”

Police patrols will also be used across the region to intervene earlier with people involved in violence, while the partnership’s ‘Ye Ken Ye Can’ online resources have been developed to offer advice to those heading on nights out to help diffuse volatile situations.

“There is no doubt that alcohol plays a huge part in violence,” added Insp Latto. “The vast majority of people in Fife and Scotland consume alcohol safely and sensibly without resorting to violent behaviour.

“However, a large number of people use the night-time economy in Fife’s town centres, so we’re concerned with keeping them safe.”

He also urged responsibility for those drinking at home.