POLICE have unveiled a number of new initiatives to tackle violent crime in the Vale.

Measures include focussing on alcohol-related incidents.

Tactics such as introducing plastic glasses in pubs, challenging ID when purchasing alcohol and introducing procedures in partnership with licenced premises, have all proved successful.

Chief Inspector Jason James, the officer co-ordinating measures to tackle violent crime across the Vale, said : “Reducing violent incidents, especially those causing injury, will continue to be a priority for South Wales Police and our partners. These crimes cause immeasurable distress to victims and impact heavily on the wellbeing of our local communities.”

He added: “A high proportion of violent incidents are alcohol-related and officers across Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan have been working hard to reduce offences which impact people wishing to enjoy a night out. South Wales Police has launched a campaign which highlights the impact and repercussions of violence. We are urging people to drink responsibly, to stay safe and to keep out of trouble through our ‘Violence is a Crime’ campaign”.

“There is no excuse for violent behaviour and people should think twice before causing trouble. Wherever possible, walk away from a potentially volatile situation. Don’t get involved and if you see trouble starting, steer clear so you don’t become caught up in it.”

He added: “The Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend are safe areas in which to live and work. Extreme acts of violence are few and far between and it’s pleasing the number of offenders being brought to justice is on the increase. The police and our partners – including the general public – want to see further improvements and to that end, we remain totally committed.”

Anyone with information regarding violent crime, should call South Wales Police on 101.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or email via www.crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information