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Drunken violence falls nearly three-quarters around Lismore

GOOD RESULT: Lismore City Liquor Accord members are pleased with the drop in alcohol-related crime.
GOOD RESULT: Lismore City Liquor Accord members are pleased with the drop in alcohol-related crime. Marc Stapelberg

VIOLENT assaults in and around licensed premises in the Lismore area have fallen by more than 72% since 2007.

In 2007 there were 65 violent assaults, but this figure dropped to just 18 in 2014, according to new figures from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

Local publicans welcomed the "hands off" anti-violence campaign now running in The Northern Star.

Director of liquor and policing at the NSW Hoteliers Association John Green said it was important to acknowledge the work already being done.

"Hoteliers have been working hard with local police and their communities to address the issue of violence in the community and we are seeing the results," he said.

Lismore Liquor Accord chairman Stephen Bortolin said a range of measures had been introduced to curb dangerous drinking and violence.

These include not serving shots or doubles, 12.30am lock-outs every night, multi-venue barring policies, no irresponsible discounting of liquor, and refusing entry to patrons seen drinking alcohol on approach to venues.

The drop in assaults in and around licensed premises in Lismore exceed overall assaults by far, "and it shows what can be done when we all work together," Mr Green said. "However, more needs to be done around pre-loading and the dangerous mixing of alcohol and drugs."

State-wide figures are at their lowest levels since 1998.

Lismore police licensing Sergeant Wayne Crotty attributed the dramatic reduction in assaults to a strong partnership between police and licensees in Lismore.

Sgt Crotty said a suite of measures introduced in Lismore in 2007 including CCTV, the Late Nighter Bus Service, the secure taxi rank and the police education and enforcement program had resulted in the Lismore CBD being much safer after dark.

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