Alcohol Campaign Moves To Two More Towns

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Alcohol Campaign Moves To Two More Towns

A Council-led crackdown on underage drinking will be extended to two more towns when it comes to Fairford and Lechlade later this month.

The 'Don't Buy for under 18s' campaign, a Cotswold District Council-led venture in partnership with Gloucestershire Police and local retailers, will move to the east of the District on October 24th after initially being launched in Tetbury in July.

The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the problem of adults buying alcoholic drinks on behalf of underage drinkers, and will highlight the dangers of underage drinking, health risks for teenagers and the penalties adults could face if caught.

And the Council's Community Safety team and the Mobile Police Station will be on hand at Fairford Market Place between 3pm and 4.15pm and in the centre of Lechlade from 4.30pm to 6pm with information, support and advice on offer about alcohol, the consequences of underage and binge drinking, and the law. It will also be an opportunity for local people to share their concerns with officers on this subject.

Les Haines, Principal Community Safety Officer said: “When we launched this campaign we were surprised how many people were unaware that it was a criminal offence to purchase alcohol for under 18 year olds. In fact in a recent local survey of adults, over half said that they had been approached by under age drinkers to buy alcohol on their behalf.

“Fortunately we have a great deal of support in the Cotswolds in our joint efforts to combat the problems which under age drinking brings to individuals and communities.”

Cotswold District Council has been working with the Youth Service, Trading Standards, and local businesses, shops and schools in a bid to combat underage drinking, as well as GDAS (Gloucestershire Drug and Alcohol Service) and GINI, part of the Young People's Substance Misuse Service.

For further information or advice on any issue to do with underage drinking, please contact Cotswold District Council's Community Safety team on 01286 623000 or visit the website at www.cotswold.gov.uk

Posted : 16/10/2008 12:42:58

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