An analysis of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to police forces across Great Britain have found that more than two thirds of areas have experienced a rise in violent crime in pubs in 2014 and this trend is set to continue throughout 2015.
Offences reported include murder, GBH, assault with injury, common assault, violence with an offensive weapon and harassment. In Manchester alone, violent crimes rose from 1,379 reported cases in 2013 to 1,695 in 2014. Furthermore, in just the first half of 2015, 1,085 incidents had already been reported.
Although it is unknown exactly what is causing this rise, one possible reason could be the change in the way that crime is now recorded. Inspector Phil Spurgeon from the City Centre Neighbouring Police Team says that in a bid to improve data gathering, all calls are now recorded as crimes faster than they used to.
Others have argued that this is irrelevant because other areas that have seriously clamped down on alcohol consumption and behaviours have in fact witnessed a reduction in alcohol-related crimes over the last five years.
Gloucestershire is one of these areas and the Senior Harm Reduction Advisor at Gloucestershire Constabulary, David McFarlane said this is down to the good relationships they have with licensees.
As well as being encouraged to report incidents so that the police can act upon them, the area has adopted a red and yellow banning scheme where perpetrators are given a warning. If they cause problems again they are then barred from all venues in Gloucester and Stroud. McFarlane said that this has lead to a structured and consistent way of dealing with troublemakers.
What do you think is contributing towards a rise in violent crimes being committed after alcohol has been consumed? Would an increase in price stop people from getting so drunk, should police or security be present in every venue or should the rest of the country adopt the same procedures as Gloucestershire? Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook page.