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Canterbury CAP

Our newest Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in Canterbury launched with a joint operation in the city centre focused on the important issue of underage sales.

Partners involved included officers from the city council and Kent Police, Canterbury District Watch, Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District, Kent Trading Standards and the CAP.

Thirteen independent retailers and national supermarkets were visited and information about underage sales and keeping young people safe was provided.

There were very productive discussions with traders and support for the operation. 

Thanks to all who took part and to the retailers. Further operations on underage sales are planned in the future.

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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