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Prudhoe launchA new partnership initiative is underway in Prudhoe to help tackle under-age drinking and warn young people about the dangers of alcohol.

The Prudhoe Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) launched in September at Prudhoe Community High School. It brings together partners from Safer Northumberland, Northumbria Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, local retailers and licensees, health services, housing providers and schools to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

Tynesdale Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges said: “The partnership aims to protect young people and to make them aware of the risks to them of drinking alcohol how it can make them vulnerable to committing anti-social behaviour and also to becoming a victim of crime themselves, while drunk. We want to put a stop to this and by working together with other agencies to tackle underage drinking we can make our communities even safer.

“We’ll also be targeting adults who may be buying children alcohol and making them aware of the damage it can cause and that it is also criminal offence. What makes CAP really effective is the local shops and businesses taking part in helping us promote this work.

“We are really proud to serve our communities here in Tynedale and hope that this work will continue to benefit all of the town.”

Alcohol-related violence has fallen – but it is clear that alcohol misuse has a significant impact on young people and their communities across the country and partnerships such as this are an effective way to tackle this issue. Easy access to alcohol can sometimes put young people at greater risk of dangers. CAPs play a vital role in bringing key stakeholders together to tackle underage drinking, helping to keep young people and communities safe.

Dame Vera Baird QC
Victims Commissioner

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