One Punch Awareness campaign launched

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a new poster awareness campaign to raise awareness of ‘One Punch’ attacks.

The campaign aimed at young males aged between 18–25, highlights the risks of getting involved in an argument or fight which could ultimately lead to serious injury or death.

Speaking at the launch of the One Punch initiative, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter said, “Our figures show that over the past seven years (2004 – 2011) 18 people have died as a result of one punch attacks and many more have been seriously injured. With just one punch, lives have been destroyed and families lives have been wrecked.

“The majority of these incidents are fuelled by alcohol and can have a devastating impact a victim, their family and for the offender, who will likely face a murder or manslaughter charge and have a criminal record for the rest of their life.”

DCI Baxter added, “Raising awareness of One Punch is timely given the number of students and young people who are embarking on a new term at college or university across towns and cities in Northern Ireland. As Halloween and the festive season approaches it is a very busy time socially for people – our message is to enjoy their night out, but most importantly - to stay safe.”