Community Alcohol Partnership launches in Prudhoe

22 Sep 2017 09:00 AM

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A 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) is launching on Thursday, September 21 at Prudhoe Community High School.

CAP 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.”

So far across the country over 100 CAPs have been set up. The force’s CAP in Blyth was last year recognised at the Community Partnership Awards at a ceremony in Westminster. It has proved incredibly effective in tackling safeguarding vulnerable young people and reducing the number of anti-social behaviour incidents caused by underage drinking.