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Clampdown on under age drinking continues

Created on 24/05/2017 @ 08:12
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An initiative to clamp down on under age alcohol drinking in Newtown has been working with licensees in the town, providing free training to them and their staff.

The free training session provided those working within the licensed trade with the tools and knowledge to address and challenge minors attempting to buy alcohol and over 18s trying to buy alcohol on their behalf, according to organisers, the Newtown Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), which was launched in November last year to tackle under age drinking.
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 college campus, local schools and youth groups. It is backed by Community Alcohol Partnerships Ltd and the Welsh Government.
The initiative says it is educating 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 the council’s Trading Standards and Licensing Services, alongside local police teams.
Agencies and partners will join licensed premises to work together to reduce teen drinking and associated ant-social behaviour.
Clive Jones, Powys County Council’s Professional Lead for Trading Standards, 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.”
Rod Bowen, Licensing Officer at Dyfed-Powys Police, said: “I was really pleased how this training package was received by those who attended. Dyfed-Powys Police fully supports Newtown CAP, which is a clear example of partnership policing working at its best.”
Out of the 12 delegates that attended the first training session, 10 rated the training as ‘very good’ and the others ‘good’.  All the delegates would recommend the training to a colleague.

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