Sgt Paul Bennett. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Sgt Paul Bennett. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Police hit bars with message

ROCKHAMPTON police have issued a reminder to people preparing to party in the lead-up to Christ-mas that one punch can kill.

The anti-violence campaign, initially launched in 2007 after Queensland teen Matthew Stanley died after being struck once in the head, aims to curb the rising level of youth violence.

One-punch assaults have killed more than 90 people in Australia since 2000. Alcohol was a factor in many of those deaths.

Police, determined to stamp out the attacks, last week took their campaign to the Rockhampton Safe Night Precinct (SNP).

Sergeant Paul Bennett of the Capricornia Liquor Enforcement and Pro-Active Strategies Unit distributed bar runners bearing the One Punch Can Kill message to licensees at the SNP annual general meeting.

Licensees were also supplied with other runners emblazoned with "Just let it go", the last words spoken by 53-year-old Queenslander Bruce Wolfe Steensen just before was killed by a single blow to the head.

SNP president Hamish Hughes said licensees were continually working with police and liquor licensing to develop initiatives to make Rockhampton a safe place for people to enjoy themselves.



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