LOCAL NEWS: Council aims to curb underage drinking with CAP


New Community Alcohol Partnership launched in an attempt to curb under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour

The scheme will have a special emphasis on preventing underage drinking, it will engage with local schools to help achieve this goal

The Partnership was launched at Cameo nightclub on 7 June and featured two performances from First Position Dance Company as well as a talk from Conor Burns MP. 

Cllr Lewis Allison, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Communities, BCP Council, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the CAP in Bournemouth Town Centre. There is always concern about the levels of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour and the Bournemouth Town Centre CAP action plan will aim to prevent young people damaging their health, development and opportunities, as well as lessening the impact on the wider community.

“If the CAP in Bournemouth Town Centre is a success then other CAP schemes could potentially be rolled out across the wider Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area.”

CAP has a large base of supporters with Dorset Police, BCP Council, Bournemouth Town Centre BID and Town Watch backing it, as well as local supermarkets. 

Superintendent Jared Parkin, Head of Neighbourhood Policing – Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, added: “We welcome the launch of the CAP. Dorset Police have been engaged in numerous operations to address underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood and the mission of the CAP and its processes will undoubtedly make a difference.

“The introduction of the CAP will complement the work that’s already been undertaken and will signpost young people to activities and services that will benefit them. This should help to maintain the reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour in Bournemouth Town Centre.”

CAPs have been rolled out across the country, having an effect on anti-social behaviour and a reduction in the purchase of alcohol.

For more information on CAPs, click here.


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