Domestic incidents peak during holidays say Sussex Police figures

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POLICE have said the number of domestic incidents over the festive period peaked on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Sussex police figures from the force’s Operation Cranberry patrols show 603 callouts, up from 578 during the same period last year, were recorded across East and West Sussex.

In total 202 were recorded as crimes of various kinds ranging from assault to harassment.

The incident call numbers ranged from 37 per day to 89 on New Year’s Day and 64 on Boxing Day.

To record the data officers were equipped with body-worn video cameras and began their patrols on December 22 continuing until January 2.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Dugan from the force’s Protecting Vulnerable People team said; ‘The increase over the holiday period is often down to higher alcohol consumption, combined with families spending more time than usual with each other.’

In West Sussex the Worth Services independent domestic abuse advisory services can be contacted on 07834 968539.