In the Media

5,000 held in summer blitz on alcohol and violence

PUBLISHED September 17, 2004

More than 5,000 people were arrested as part of this summer's nationwide police blitz on binge drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence, it will be announced today.

The home secretary, David Blunkett, is expected to use the publication of the results of the two month campaign to urge magistrates to give tougher sentences to those offenders who use being drunk as an excuse for their criminal actions.