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Rhondda pupils take 'Paul’s Pledge' calling time on violent crime

Rhondda pupils take Paul’s Pledge calling time on violent crime
A man who was left in a coma for two months by a vicious attack which occurred in 2007 has helped to spread the anti-violence message in south Wales.
Paul Pugh, from Ammanford, visited Ysgol Cymmer School in Porth on Tuesday, 7th July 2015 to talk to the pupils about the consequences of drinking alcohol and losing your inhibitions.
Paul was attacked outside a pub in his town by four men who were each jailed for what they did.
Despite the fact that he will never fully recover from his injuries that left him having to learn to walk and talk again, Paul is bravely using his experience to campaign against alcohol fuelled violence.
Pupils were encouraged to remember ‘Paul’s Pledge’ and to call time on violent crime when they are old enough to drink.
Paul said: “I don’t want to see anyone else go through what we have had to go through. This campaign is my way of doing something positive after what has happened. I hope my story and seeing the effect of violence on me will stop it from happening again.”
Pupils at the school were keen to ask Paul questions. His inspiring speech left them wanting photographs with the campaigner.
Chief Inspector Phil Ashby, said: “Alcohol fuelled violent crime is unfortunately something that we see week in week out. A very small minority of people are responsible for it, but, that fact is that when people have had a drink their inhibitions can get left behind. It is only when people realise the actual consequences of violence that they think about their actions. This is why Paul’s contribution is so valuable - he has been through so much, and very nearly lost his life.”
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