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Ovenden teams target underage drinking

Ovenden teams target underage drinking

Together Housing Group joined partners from Ovenden's Community Alcohol Reduction Partnership (CAP) last month as part of an effort to stamp out anti-social behaviour caused by underage drinking.

DSC_0849The Community Alcohol Reduction Partnership were joined by young volunteers from Project Twelve:31 and local residents to visit shops in the area and spray stencilled messages outside warning against buying alcohol for underage drinkers.

PC  Kim McCloskey, Neighbourhood officer for Ovenden, said local shops could play their part: “It’s an offence to buy alcohol for or sell alcohol to people aged under 18 and we want to get the message out that the police will take action where they know an offence has occurred.”

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said: “Buying or selling alcohol for underage drinkers is not only irresponsible, but it can also fuel problems in the local area.

“We’re working with our partners to tackle problems related to anti-social behaviour and it’s great to see people, businesses and organisations from the local community coming out to support this important initiative.”

Caroline Grosvenor, Head of Neighbourhood Services at Together Housing Group said tackling anti social behaviour was important in making people feel safe: “Everyone should feel safe in their home and Together Housing  are delighted to support this initiative to reduce anti social behaviour on the estate and elsewhere.” 

Anyone who is affected by anti-social behaviour, whether or not it is caused by underage drinking, should report it to the police on 101, or dial 999 in an emergency.

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.