The Sun

UK hit by booze girls crimewave

By CLODAGH HARTLEY

Published: 02 May 2008

ARRESTS of drunken women have soared 1,100 PER CENT in parts of the UK over five years, it was revealed yesterday.

The shock statistics, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, show female drunk and disorderly arrests spiralling across the country.

Between 2003 and this year, there was an average 53 per cent rise in women being held – from 3,847 to 5,891 – by 21 of the 52 UK forces that provided figures.

But in the West Midlands, offences rose by 11 times while in Gwent the rise was almost sixfold.

Campaigners blamed the licenced trade for luring women in to drink more.

Don Shenker, chief executive of Alcohol Concern, said: “There’s no doubt that the number of women binge-drinking has gone up – they are following the example of young men.

“Pubs and bars are now targeting women with special offers and cheap drinks to encourage them to drink more. It should be stopped.

“The recent tax increases in the Budget have also not been passed on – the drinks are still being offered too cheaply.

“The trouble is women’s bodies cannot handle large amounts of alcohol.”

Chief Constable Mike Craik, of Northumbria Police – where arrests of women have risen from 1,414 to 2,101 – said: “The reality is that clearly more needs to be done.

“There should be an end to discounted drinks, such as two-for-one deals, happy hours and supermarkets selling alcohol below cost.”