Antisocial Drinkers Left High and Dry as Pioneering Partnership Launched
Tuesday 19 April, 2016
Thursday April 14, saw Todmorden High School host the launch of the Todmorden Community Alcohol Partnership, a pioneering partnership opportunity to tackle alcohol abuse, underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in the community.
Recent months have seen an increase in reports of minor crime, anti-social behaviour and youth related nuisance in Todmorden Town Centre and Centre Vale Park.
The introduction of the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) this week heralds a complete approach to dealing with the issues in a bid to re-build the reputation of both area's so they can be once again be cherished and well used by local residents and tourists.
The event at the school, was opened by Temporary Head Teacher Gill Shirt and featured speakers from across the partnership including the National Chair of CAP Derek Lewis, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Gibson and Regional Risk Manager from Sainsbury’s Dave Looker.
Guests at the launch, which hailed the 101st CAP in the UK included Todmorden Mayor Steph Booth and Cllr Susan Press as well as a number of students from the High School who have been part of the CAP process from the very beginning, helping to improve the community they live in.
Local CAP Coordinator, Police Constable Ryan Stockton, who is responsible for setting up the partnership locally said “This multi-agency partnership is about a long term, robust approach to tackling the associated problems around underage drinking in Todmorden.
“This CAP is tailored to the needs of Todmorden, pulling together local stakeholders who are invested in improving the community through working with alcohol retailers, improving education of young people and enhancing diversionary activities in the community. By utilising this approach which is recognised as a national best practice model, we hope to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in Todmorden”
Derek Lewis, the National Chair of Community Alcohol Partnerships says: "I am delighted at the launch of a Community Alcohol Partnership in Todmorden. Community Alcohol Partnerships are a tried and tested way of driving down underage drinking and creating better, safer and friendlier neighbourhoods.” "Locally tailored partnerships, that recognise that retailers and licensees are an important part of the solution, have been shown to be highly effective in driving down harm.”
Partners include the police, council, local high school, youth services, Lifeline, Pennine Housing and alcohol retailers.
CAP encourages local partnership, working to tackle drinking misuse and associated antisocial behaviour; recognising that retail is part of the solution and has shown to be more effective than enforcement alone.