The PSNI has launched a new film at the Foyle Film Festival aimed at discouraging young men from becoming involved in potentially fatal street fights and bar brawls.
Speaking as ‘One Punch Can Kill’ was launched in Londonderry Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter said: “The next few months are traditionally a busy time for local nightclubs and restaurants with revellers celebrating the festivities, however, One Punch attacks can and do happen.
“Our figures show that since 2004, 21 people have died as a result of One Punch attacks and many more have been seriously injured.
“With the launch of our new film today, we are encouraging young males to be mindful of their safety when they are out at night.”
The ‘One Punch Can Kill’ film targets young males aged between 15 - 25 and highlights the risks of getting involved in an argument or fight which could ultimately lead to serious injury or death.
Anne Connolly Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board said: “This short film portrays the potential consequences of a night out and how a split second action or reaction can shatter lives. No one wants a knock on the door with the terrible news that someone close to them has either been the victim or the perpetrator of a violent crime.
“The statistics show that alcohol is a factor in violent crime incidents and with the countdown to the Christmas party season underway we hope this campaign will make people think about their actions to ensure a good night out does not end badly.”
Paula Jack, Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency said: “This film reaches out to young people to highlight the unforeseen consequences of a violent act and the impact it can have.
“It will alert young people to the dangers of getting themselves into situations which could lead to serious injury or death. I am pleased that the Youth Justice Agency has contributed directly to the production of this DVD.”