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The Alnwick and Amble Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), led by Northumberland County Council, is holding a range of activities throughout a week of action starting July 9th, highlighting the dangers associated with alcohol and underage drinking.
 
The CAP partnership exists to tackle underage alcohol use and highlight the associated risks for young people, such as, physical harm, increased risk of vulnerability and exploitation and also of drink driving.
 
Judith Davies, Community Safety Officer at Northumberland County Council and coordinator of the Alnwick and Amble Community Alcohol Partnership explained: “Throughout the course of the awareness week, CAP are working to engage with young people, their parents, schools, youth organisations, local retailers and licensees to educate them around the potential risks associated with alcohol so they can make informed and educated decisions later on.”
 
Northumberland County Councillor Veronica Jones, cabinet member for Wellbeing and Health, said: “We are proud to be working with Alnwick and Amble CAP, highlighting the important message of the dangers of underage drinking.
 
“Through a range of events we are talking to retailers, young people and shoppers throughout Northumberland to highlight the dangers associated with drinking alcohol while also tackling the problem of selling alcohol to underage young people.”

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A vital part of the CAP’s work has been engaging with young people, getting them involved in the campaign and building their trust. The CAP held engagement nights with local young people to discuss the issue of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour. They told us there was nothing for them to do – the community centre had no funding, access to the sports field had been cut off and there were very few facilities for young people. So far CAP has held community events, reopened access to the sports field, cleared the discussed BMX track and held street art sessions. Working hard to engage with this traditionally difficult-to-reach group has been key to our success.

Scott Adams
Cumbria Constabulary

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