Alcohol-fuelled sex offences above average

THE number of alcohol-related sexual offences in Boston are standing at double the regional average, according to the latest statistics.

The Local Alcohol Profile for England (LAPE) figures for the area show that in the past 12 months there have been 0.2 violent alcohol-influenced sexual offences in the area for every 1000 crimes, compared to an average of 0.1 across the rest of the East Midlands, and a national average of even less.

Figures in the annual report also reveal that the area had a higher then average number of alcohol-related violent crimes than other nearby locations.

Chief Inspector Lee Pache of Lincolnshire Police, said the force was trying to deal with these issues on a number of levels.

He added: “We work with the borough council and other partners at a local, regional and national level, devising ways to target this, such as funding for evening economy wardens and the marketing of the harm and consequences of violent drunken behaviour. We have Operation Hornet that has numerous officers out on foot every Friday and Saturday Night providing visible reassurance through engagement and enforcement activities.”

But despite these negative figures, the profile, which looks at 25 key factors which highlight the negative effect which alcohol has on areas within the UK, also showed that Boston was performing ‘significantly better’ than other parts of the UK in some indicators.

The number of alcohol-specific deaths in the area were much lower than the regional and national averages and the the number of people dying from chronic liver disease also well below other parts of the UK.

Boston also had much lower number of people claiming incapacity benefit for alcoholism and a lower estimate for the amount of binge drinkers.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio-holder for health, said: “These statistics are encouraging, but that there is no room for complacency. The borough will continue to examine closely data relating to issues surrounding alcohol consumption, but there is room for cautious optimism that Boston is leading England in the right direction.”

Statistics also showed that Boston had improved in these areas in recent years.