Victim's alcohol-violence film

A man attacked on a night out in Swansea has spoken out about the devastating impact it has had on his life. His powerful film forms part of the One Punch Ruins Lives campaign, aiming to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

Victim's story is part of campaign to fight violent crime

by Dean Thomas

A man who nearly died after being viciously attacked on a night out in Swansea has spoken about how the assault has changed his life.

Nicholas Watkins was punched and then kicked on a night out last Christmas. It left him with damaged sight, and needing to learn to walk and talk again.

He and his family have spoken out as South Wales Police continue a campaign to try to reduce violent crime in the city centre.

Police: High number of incidents are alcohol-fuelled

Chief Superintendent Julian Williams from South Wales Police has said that "a tremendous amount of the incidents we do find in our city centres are fuelled by alcohol."

He told our presenter Jonathan Hill that police are working with the drinks industry and with venues on prevention measures.

South Wales Police are running the 'One Punch Ruins Lives campaign' in Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, aiming to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence.


Campaign aims to deter alcohol-fuelled violence

The campaign aims to reduce violence and improve safety in the city centre's nightlife. Credit: South Wales Police

The One Punch Ruins Lives campaign was launched in March 2013, by South Wales Police Chief Superintendent Julian Williams.

It focuses on Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, and aims to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence by making people stop and think about the possible consequences of violence on the victim's and their own lives.

Chief Superintendent Julian Williams said: "The vast majority of people enjoy a night out in safety with no problems whatsoever, however there are a minority who behave differently after excessive alcohol and do things they would never normally do."

"That single act of stupidity could have dramatic consequences on their own and their victim's lives and I urge people to think about the consequences, be brave and walk away from any aggression or violence. "

Attack victim speaks out in alcohol-violence campaign

A man from the Swansea Valley who was attacked on a night out has spoken out about the devastating impact it has had on his life, in a powerful film which aims to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence.

Nicholas Watkins, 27 and from Ystalyfera, has undergone major brain surgery which later required his skull to be re-built, after being punched and then kicked in the head in Swansea city centre last December.

He has had to be taught to walk, talk and swallow again, a process which his father describes as "heartbreaking." He still has sight and balance issues which stop him living a normal life.

His attacker, Owain Davies, has been sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent.

This video has been produced by South Wales Police, and released today as part of the Once Punch Ruins Lives campaign to reduce violence and improve safety in city centre nightlife.

It will be posted on Youtube and shown to offenders and potential offenders.