A short film about the affects of alcohol, aimed at young people, has been launched as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.
Created by local residents who are facing problems with alcohol, the film focuses on their experiences and how it has impacted on their lives, as well as raising awareness of alcohol addiction.
Blaby District Council has worked with an animation company, in cooperation with the alcohol support services provided by Blaby, Hinckley and Bosworth, and Oadby and Wigston Borough Council to produce the film.
It is also part of a comprehensive education pack, which will be taken into local schools by the Council’s Substance Use Prevention Officer in early 2014.
Members of the alcohol support group New Directions, said:
“We really enjoyed making the DVD, it was our way of giving something back to the community. We wanted to let people know we are human beings and have feelings, and want others to learn from our experiences. We know how hard it is and if we can make a difference to one person’s life it is worth it.”
The film is can be viewed below. It is also available to watch on YouTube –
The Substance Use Prevention Officer is based within the Community Services Team at Blaby District Council, and works to help support and raise awareness of the issues around alcohol.
For more information, help or advice, visit www.blaby.gov.uk/drugsandalcohol or to speak to someone in complete confidence please call 0116 272 7672.
People in communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will be finalising their plans ahead of New Year’s Eve, the time for seeing in a hopeful, prosperous and peaceful 2012.
Chief Inspector Steve Potter is the lead for Operations at Leicestershire Police, he said,
“By taking some simple steps you can ensure that your 2012 gets off to a good start and that your New Year’s Eve night is memorable for all the right reasons.
“The majority of crimes committed by or against people celebrating the occasion are fuelled by the excessive consumption of alcohol. Drink responsibly, stay with trusted friends and always have enough money reserved for a planned ride home with someone who has not been drinking.”
Police are issuing advice to the public to take some simple steps to plan ahead for their big New Year’s Eve night out:
Have none for the road – simply don’t drink if you have to drive;
Leave your car at home and travel with a designated driver;
Book a taxi before you go out and don’t leave it to chance;
Take the bus to your destination to remove the temptation to drive;
Give your car keys to a friend for safe keeping, preferably a designated driver, when you’re out and you’ve decided to drink and therefore not to drive;
Leave your car keys behind the bar – if you know the landlord in you local pub, remove your car key from your key ring and ask to leave it behind the bar.
Once out and about partying with friends and family, Leicestershire Police advises taking the following safety precautions:
Sticking with friends and travelling home in a group;
Checking to make sure your taxi is a licensed cab;
Sitting in the back of the taxi;
Informing the bus driver if you feel uncomfortable with behaviour on a bus
Moderating your alcohol intake (click here for advice). Alcohol increases your chances of being a victim and a perpetrator of crime;
Avoiding drug misuse;
Avoiding drinking and driving – either have a designated driver, or use public transport to get home;
Only take the cash and valuable you need for the night with you;
Keep your valuables in a zipped pocket. Leave coats and bags in an attended cloakroom if you want to go on to the dance floor.
The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership are requesting that people keep their eyes and ears open this winter.
If you see someone who appears to be drunk leave a public house or club and then enter a vehicle to drive away, make a note of the registration plate and the direction of travel and call your local police on 101* or make a make a free and anonymous call to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111**
*Calls cost 15p for the entire duration of the call from mobile or landline phones
**Some mobile phone providers may charge for this call
Police have released the image of a man they would like to talk to following the report of a number of thefts from a shop in Whetstone (larger image at base of article).
The incidents happened between 1.10pm and 1.40pm on Thursday July 14, when a man was spotted stealing alcohol from the shelves of the shop in Lutterworth Road.
The man entered the shop between two and four times, taking bottles of alcohol with him.
PCSO Thomas Sharpe, an officer who covers Whetstone, said: “The man responsible entered the shop a number of times so we hope that this means that there will have been more opportunity for witnesses to spot him.
“If you were in the shop that day, perhaps during your lunch break, and can remember seeing a man stealing alcohol then please get in touch.
“I would also like people to look at the man in the picture. Are you him or do you know him? He was in the shop that day and we would like to talk to him to help us with our enquiries.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PCSO 6176 Thomas Sharpe on Leicester (0116) 222 2222, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 6176. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous on 0800 555 111.
* Please note, some mobile ‘phone service providers may charge for this call.