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Retailers team with police for alcohol enforcement scheme

Published:  23 July, 2008

An alcohol enforcement project in Cambridgeshire, operated by leading retailers in conjunction with local police, trading standards officers and schools, is to be rolled out around the country.

The Community Alcohol Partnership has operated in St Neot's, Cambridgeshire, since September last year, supported by the Retail of Alcohol Standards Group.

It is claimed to have contributed towards a significant decrease in anti-social behaviour and a substantial reduction in numbers of under-18s found in possession of alcohol.

The work centres around better enforcement and improved education for young people about the law relating to alcohol.

The first phase of the roll-out begins today in Cambridge city centre. In the coming months the scheme will be extended to Reading, Kent and North Yorkshire.

More than 20 retailers have signed up to work with enforcement agencies and local schools in the central Cambridge scheme.

Nick Grant, chairman of the retail of alcohol standards group, said: "The success of the St. Neot's scheme shows what can be achieved when retailers, local enforcement agencies and schools work together to enforce the law."