New Partnership to Tackle Under-Age Drinking in Blyth

T/Superintendent Nicola Musgrove, Alan Simpson (Community Alcohol Partnerships Officer), Councillor Liz Simpson, Councillor Kath Nisbet, Derek Lewis (Chair of Community Alcohol Partnerships), Nitin Shukla (Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria).
T/Superintendent Nicola Musgrove, Alan Simpson (Community Alcohol Partnerships Officer), Councillor Liz Simpson, Councillor Kath Nisbet, Derek Lewis (Chair of Community Alcohol Partnerships), Nitin Shukla (Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria).

A new partnership initiative is underway in Blyth to help tackle under-age drinking and warn young people about the dangers of alcohol.

The Blyth Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) was launched on Friday, May 27, at Blyth Town Council. It brings together partners from Safer Northumberland, Northumbria Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, local retailers and licensees, councillors, health services, housing providers and schools to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

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.

County Councillor Liz Simpson, Chair of Safer Northumberland, said: “This is a great example of how by pooling resources, agencies can take a more co-ordinated approach to tackling alcohol-related issues.

“As well as taking enforcement, it is important we educate and protect young people from the dangers of alcohol.

“This type of approach has already worked well in other areas and we look forward to similar success in Blyth.”

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