CCTV: The horrible moment a violent attack changed a man's life
BUSINESSES hope a campaign aimed at reducing violence and improving safety in Swansea will help the city's bid to achieve Purple Flag status
Traders in the city centre are working with police and Swansea Council to win a Purple Flag, which is a national accreditation scheme run by the Association of Town Centre Managers that recognises excellence in the management of town and city centres at night.
It is hoped that being awarded a Purple Flag will help attract even more visitors to the city, making it just the second in Wales, after Aberwystwyth.
Backing the campaign is the family of Swansea Valley man Nicholas Watkins, who was a victim of a city centre assault over the Christmas period last year.
An interview with Nicholas:
The 27-year-old, from Ystalyfera, underwent brain surgery and is undergoing continuous rehabilitation following his attack, which left him struggling to walk and eat.
Owain Phillip Davies, aged 24, also of Ystalyfera, was later jailed for nine years for the attack, in which he punched and kicked Mr Watkins in the head.
Doorstaff, Help Point staff and CCTV operators provided vital assistance at the scene of the incident until the arrival of paramedics, and their contributions are also other factors which it is hoped will help in the bid for a Purple Flag.
Mr Watkins' story features in a short film released yesterday as part of the One Punch Ruins Lives campaign.
Reena Owen, Swansea Council's director of environment and Purple Flag chair, said: "It is tragic when incidents of this type occur, but thankfully they are rare. "All agencies involved in achieving Purple Flag status for Swansea show dedication to continually improving safety in our city centre. The many thousands of customers who visit the area every weekend are testament that the vast majority of people feel safe and enjoy themselves.
"Like every other major city, there are issues that need addressing. Alcohol-fuelled violence is something that cannot be ignored. The One Punch Ruins Lives campaign not only promotes the excellent partnership working to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence but goes a step further by encouraging people on a night out to take responsibility for their own actions."