Police launch new alcohol diversion scheme for revellers

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Revellers caught commiting minor offences will be given the chance to take part in a drink awareness course as part of a new police scheme launched today.

Those in Suffolk and Norfolk issued with on-the-spot penalty notices will be able to enrol on The Alcohol Diversion Scheme, which will cost them £45.

Offenders can choose to opt-out but will instead have to pay the £90 fine.

The programme, offered by charity Druglink, encourages them to face up to the reality of their actions while also highlighting health dangers and the consequences violent behaviour could have.

Tim Newcomb, assistant chief constable for Suffolk Police, said: “One of our main priorities is to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Alcohol-fuelled crime, regardless of how minor, can have a significant impact on people’s quality of life and this scheme will aim to reduce offending by educating people about the consequences of their actions while supporting personal responsibly and accountability.

“I’m confident as a result that this scheme will have a long-lasting and positive impact for communities across the county.”

The scheme has been used successfully in Devon, Cornwall, Derbyshire and Hertfordshire.