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Group set up to tackle under age drinking

Created on 24/11/2016 @ 16:36
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A multi-agency initiative to tackle underage drinking in Newtown has been launched.

It is the second of its kind to be launched in Powys, four years after Brecon CAP was launched, and only the fifth in Wales.

The initiative will educate the public on the impact underage drinking has on communities and will reduce young people’s access to alcohol by building on the existing work already carried out by building on the existing work undertaken by the council’s Trading Standards and Licensing Services, alongside local police teams.

Newtown CAP is a partnership between several organisations including Powys County Council, Dyfed Powys Police, Powys Teaching Health Board, Public Health Wales, retailers, NPTC Group’s Newtown Campus, local schools and youth groups.  It is backed by Community Alcohol Partnerships Ltd.

Agencies and partners will join licensed premises to work together to reduce teen drinking and associated ant-social behaviour.

An action plan of activities will aim to bring about sustainable improvements through education, intelligence-led enforcement and offering positive alternatives to young people that promote a healthy lifestyle.

A priority for the campaign is reducing opportunities young people have to purchase alcohol.  To assist with this, free training will be offered to staff working in licensed premises on responsible selling practises, including the 'Challenge 25' age-verification policy and how to spot fake identification.

The initiative will also look to engage and educate parents following a recent survey which revealed parents are the most likely provider of alcohol to young people.

Cllr John Powell, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “The aim of the Newtown Community Alcohol Partnership is to make Newtown a safer and healthier place to live and work.  It is all in our interests to promote a healthy attitude to the use of alcohol.

“This partnership is an excellent example of how public bodies, charities and private companies can work together to resolve a community problem.

"The three strands of Education, Enforcement and Public Perception are at the heart of this project and if we get all three right there is a real chance of making it work.”

Derek Lewis, Chairman of Community Alcohol Partnerships said: “I am delighted at the launch of the Newtown CAP. Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods.”

Photo: At the launch of the Newtown Community Alcohol Partnership are (from left to right) Ken Yorston, Powys County Council’s Senior Manager – Regulatory Services and Chair of the Powys Community Safety Partnership; Kate Winstanley, Director, Community Alcohol Partnerships; Chris Gittins, Welsh Government’s Head of Substance Misuse Policy & Finance; Inspector Stuart Eckley, Dyfed Powys Police; Linda Woodward, Deputy Mayor, Newtown Town Council; and Henry Maybury, alcohol awareness singer/songwriter.


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