A new partnership initiative has launched in Hyndburn to target underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.
The Hyndburn Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) was launched on Friday February 21, following reports of anti-social behaviour in Accrington town centre and Clayton Le Moors.
The aim is to reduce the sale of alcohol to young people, advise them on the dangers of drinking and provide alcohol-free activities through youth services and local charities. Across the country, more than 200 CAPs have had significant impacts on anti-social behaviour, litter, feelings of safety and reductions in underage purchasing of alcohol.
Sam McConnell of Lancashire Trading Standards is co-ordinating the new CAP. He says: “There have been reports from retailers and the police about anti-social behaviour in Accrington town centre and Clayton-le-Moors. This kind of risk-taking behaviour, coupled with alcohol use in public places, leaves young people very vulnerable and is damaging to the local community. This initiative brings businesses and the community closely together to raise awareness of the impact of alcohol. We’ll be focusing on enforcing the laws relating to children and alcohol, ensuring there is a responsible retailing approach, providing alcohol-free activities and working closely with schools to provide alcohol education.”
CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: "I am delighted to see the launch of a CAP in Hyndburn. Underage drinking is associated with school and educational problems, unprotected sex, consumption of illicit drugs, violence and drinking problems in later life. We have been greatly encouraged to see emerging evidence that CAPs are reducing alcohol consumption by underage children. They offer a great opportunity to make a real and lasting difference to our nation’s relationship with alcohol, starting with the current generation of young people.”