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New campaign to stop king hits

Steve Huntley, an emergency services volunteer and plumber, was spurred into action following continued media coverage surrounding king hits, or coward punches.

JESS CRAIG February 13, 2014 1:37pm

Steve Huntley designed this logo to raise awareness of the risks of king hits. Can you provide a slogan to go with it?

He said violence on the streets needed to stop and he wanted to raise awareness of the damage one-punch attacks could cause.

Mr Huntley cited the river death of a man in Moama at the weekend as a catalyst for his push to stamp out violence.

‘‘Tim Gaylard was (earlier) the victim of a king hit in 2009 and became the face of a campaign to stop that type of assault,’’ Mr Huntley said.

‘‘His life was changed forever and his entire family was affected by that assault.

‘‘Life is so fragile.

‘‘We need to target those people who don’t think before they act.’’

Mr Huntley has designed a logo he hoped would be placed in the windows of Echuca-Moama’s licensed venues.

‘‘If people see it and think twice about getting in a blue, it has done its job,’’ he said.

‘‘Speaking for myself, I’d rather go home with a lady’s phone number in my pocket than be handcuffed in the back of a divvy van.’’

The next step for Mr Huntley is to secure support from the community.

He has spoken with law enforcement and licensees and hopes to bring the anti-violence message to the younger generation.

‘‘I think we need to be targeting our youth and telling them the facts about how serious a king hit can be,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a problem and it needs to stop now.’’

Steve Huntley is looking for a slogan to accompany his logo. Send your ideas to or leave a comment on the Riv’s Facebook page.

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