Stoke-on-Trent City Council is to examine the causes of alcohol related violence in the city with a special Task and Finish group.
The city council’s Improving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee this week decided to set up the group following their meeting on Tuesday 22 December. Prompted by work done by Staffordshire Police, the Safer City Partnership and the city council itself, the committee decided they could look further into what could be done on the city council’s part.
Committee member Councillor Joy Garner will chair the group, which will begin its work in January. Among the issues it will seek to address and report back on will include:
- Violence caused in town centres
- Violence in hospitals and medical centres towards staff and patients
- Violence towards police officers and publicans
- Damage to property
- Links with domestic violence
The group will also seek to encourage pubs and off licences to sell alcohol even more responsibly and to increase the level of public awareness of alcohol related violence.
Councillor Garner said:
“The Task and Finish group will take a closer look at what the city council can do to help organisations like the police and domestic violence groups address the problems of violence caused by alcohol.“It’s essential we do our part in making this city safer. There are many aspects of this problem that people never see, from abuse of hospital staff to violence towards husbands, wives, and children.“We’re also going to look into more technical subjects such as the possibility replacing glasses in pubs with poly-carbonate glasses and plastic bottles. There are hundreds of things we can explore and we’ll be putting lots of time in to try and provide some answers to this problem.”
The Task and Finish group will begin its work early in the New Year and report back to the Improving Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee.