FOLLOWING the success of a campaign targeting anti-social behaviour and irresponsible use of alcohol in Corringham last year, a second scheme is set to be launched in South Ockendon.
The Corringham Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) involves various Thurrock Council departments – including trading standards and licensing – Essex Police, and local off-licence retailers.
In the first six months from its launch in June last year, the 2013 campaign saw improved compliance from alcohol retailers, reduced complaints about underage sales, and a 23 per cent reduction in reports of nuisance youths.
The Ockendon CAP launches on Tuesday (24 June) with an event between 11am and 2pm at the South Ockendon Centre (a press/photo call will be held at the centre at noon).
Cllr Phil Smith – portfolio holder for public protection – said: “The Corringham CAP was a great success and made a huge difference to local people. It is continuing and now we’re looking at starting a second scheme in South Ockendon.
“We’ll be engaging with groups of young people, we’ll see police confiscating some alcohol that is being consumed in public, and we will be carrying out test purchases, making sure licenced premises are enforcing the Challenge 25 scheme and checking people’s ages.”
He added: “In Corringham we saw a marked reduction in the number of premises selling to underage people and the number of young people hanging around the area with alcohol.
“All off-licence premises in the area signed up to challenge 25 and there were increased hours of visible policing.
“We expect to see the same sort of response in Ockendon too.”
The scheme is intended to help communities to tackle alcohol-related issues, cross-referencing information between the police and council so support can be provided to alcohol retailers and publicans as well as engaging young people.