20 killed in One Punch attacks

Published Saturday, 29 December 2012
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Police are reminding people about their One Punch campaign in the run up to the New Year celebrations.

20 killed in One Punch attacks
Police issued the warning during the run-up to New Year. (© UTV)

Twenty people have died in Northern Ireland since 2004 and many more have been badly injured in so-called One Punch attacks.

The campaign, which has been running through December, highlights the risks of getting involved in an argument or fight which could ultimately lead to serious injury or death.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter said: "December is traditionally a busy month for local nightclubs and restaurants with revellers celebrating the festivities.

"However, One Punch attacks can and do happen. With just One Punch, lives have been destroyed and families' lives have been wrecked.

"Raising awareness now of the dangers of One Punch is important, as many people will be out socialising in the run-up to New Year Celebrations and most students and young people are off for their Christmas Break.

"Our message is to enjoy your night out, but more importantly - Stay Safe."

© UTV News
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ISM in N Ireland wrote (758 days ago):
My son continues to suffer problems 3years after being knocked out by a single punch . It was a case of mistaken identity. There was no help for my son after the incident. He didn't get the results expected in his A levels due to continued difficulties with short term memory,so no uni,something he had been working hard to achieve . Although he has been lucky and got a job with a large supermarket. Although he continues to have problems, I count our family lucky as he is still with us. People ...especially young lads should be made more aware of the harm a single punch can have. I for one welcome this initiative.
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