Pub beer mats will be used in the ongoing campaign to warn of the dangers of ‘one punch’ assaults.
Establishments in the Pubwatch scheme will begin rolling out the new promotional messages across Chester-le-Street in the coming weeks. The mats have been funded by the Chester-le-Street Area Action Partnership (AAP).
The move follows an incident in the town earlier this year, in which a 54-year-old man suffered a serious head injury after an assault by a teenager. It also forms part of the ongoing One Punch Can Kill campaign, spearheaded by Tony Curl and his wife Maxine Thompson-Curl. Maxine's son Kristian sadly lost his life in 2011 following an assault in a nightclub in Consett.
Neighbourhood inspector Paul Gray said: “The sad truth is that sometimes it only takes one punch and two lives are ruined, with one person losing a life and the other their liberty.
“Kristian’s story is tragic. We’ve worked hard over recent years to educate people across County Durham and Darlington on the dangers and consequences of getting into a fight on a night out and thankfully incidents of this nature are rare.
“But we don’t want to rest on our laurels. This campaign has been put together in an effort to prevent anyone else losing their life because of one punch and we hope that as many people as possible see this important message.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: "We all know what the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption can be, but only by talking to people who have suffered tragedies such as Maxine and Tony do you really appreciate how utterly devastating they are. The work that they have put in to raise this issue is truly inspiring."
Dave Dagg, Chairman of Chester-le-Street Pub & Club Watch, said: "During life’s schedule, one often forgets incidents that have previously happened. However, NOT in the case of Kristian, an innocent person, who, due to a split second decision of violence, became a victim, and his life was lost at 18 years of age.
"Chester-le-Street Pub & Club Watch fully support the 'ONE PUNCH CAN KILL CAMPAIGN' to warn people of the consequences that may occur whilst having a night out with family or friends."
Posted on Wednesday 8th June 2016