Partnership launched to tackle anti-social behaviour and drinking

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A pioneering partnership has been launched to tackle alcohol abuse, underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in Todmorden.

Recent months have seen an increase in reports of minor crime, anti-social behaviour and youth related nuisance in the 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 areas so they can be be cherished and well used by residents and tourists.

The event, held at Todmorden High School 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 included Todmorden Mayor Steph Booth and councillor Susan Press (Lab, Todmorden) 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, PC 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, added: “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.