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Copeland 2020 lo resCopeland Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has won a national award for its work tackling underage drinking. Tracy McFadden of Egremont Youth Partnership and Colette Harrison of Cumbria Police received the CAP Most Improved Locality Award from Andrew Leaper, CAP Board member and Retail Health and Safety Manager at The Co-operative Group, at the annual CAP celebration at the House of Lords on January 29.


Andrew Leaper said: ”A major issue for Copeland CAP was Egremont Crab Fair, a traditional annual event that in recent years has attracted a large number of youths whose drunkenness and anti-social behaviour gave the Fair a bad reputation, spoilt visitors’ enjoyment and took up police resources. CAP partners came up with a range of proactive actions before and during the event with the result that hardly any alcohol was seized from young people and there were no serious anti-social behaviour issues. Businesses, residents and visiting families welcomed CAP’s actions in making the Crab Fair a safe and enjoyable event. Many congratulations to Copeland CAP.”

CAPs are made up of partnerships between retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and health providers, working together to empower communities to tackle alcohol-related harm to young people and improve the quality of life for residents. The CAP 2019 annual report, launched at the House of Lords, shows how this innovative partnership approach has brought significant reductions in alcohol supply to children, alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and underage street drinking.

Evaluations covering 2015-2019 show:

• 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds
• 40% reductions in youth alcohol-related anti-social behaviour
• 80% improvement in Challenge 25 compliance following CAP training
• 90% reductions in residents reporting seeing under 18s drinking in the local area
• 77% reduction in young people hanging around shops and asking adults to buy alcohol for them

CAP Chair Derek Lewis said: “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. While the proportion of young people in England who regularly consume alcohol has dropped slowly between 2001 and 2018, the reductions achieved in CAP areas are even greater, with 52% average reductions in regular drinking among 13-16 year olds. We believe that this reflects the increasing emphasis on working with schools within the CAP areas.”

For media information please contact: Julia Shipston, Communications Manager at CAP: tel: 0771 3163003, email [email protected]
Notes for Editors
The first CAP was set up in St Neots in 2007 and 201 have now been launched across the UK.

The Reading Community Alcohol Partnership is clearly very active around the town and it’s good to hear that its multi-agency approach is aiming to tackle underage drinking through direct engagement with young people, enforcing the law with regard to underage consumption and proxy purchasing, and maintaining a constructive dialogue with businesses and retailers.

Rob Wilson
Former MP for Reading East

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