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New Partnership to Call Time on Underage Drinking

Published Friday, 14 July 2017

A Community Alcohol Partnership aimed at tackling underage drinking and anti-social behaviour is to be launched in Clitheroe on Thursday 20 July.

The partnership will bring together Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire Trading Standards, the police, schools, shops and the health sector to tackle alcohol-related harm to the borough’s youngsters by reducing the sale of alcohol to them, advising them on the dangers of drinking and promoting alcohol-free activities.

The initiative follows concerns about youngsters congregating in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle and the Henthorn Road area of Clitheroe, while 50 per cent of shops and supermarkets tested by Trading Standards in Clitheroe recently sold alcohol to an underage volunteer.

Community Alcohol Partnerships have enjoyed considerable success across the UK tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing the sale of alcohol to underage people.     

Ribble Valley councillor Robert Thompson, chairman of the Ribble Valley Community Safety Partnership, which is behind the initiative, said: “There is growing concern about underage drinking in Ribble Valley and I am delighted to announce the launch of this new partnership to tackle it.

“Drinking alcohol at a young age seriously risks children’s health and development and puts them in danger of physical and social harm. They are far more likely to injure themselves or someone else, fail to reach their potential at school and engage in anti-social behaviour.

“We are committed to making a positive difference to the lives of Ribble Valley youngsters and improving community wellbeing.”

In 2014, 38 per cent of 11 to 15 year olds in England drank alcohol, with four per cent claiming to drink alcohol at least once a week and a further five per cent saying they drank it once a fortnight.

Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) aim to tackle underage drinking with a mix of education, enforcement, community engagement and the provision of diversionary activities for young people.

The Ribble Valley Community Alcohol Partnership will be launched at the Grand in Clitheroe at 2.15pm on Thursday 20 July.


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