Under-age drinking purge

A NEW multi-agency initiative aimed at halting under-age drinking in the Vale and Skerton areas of Lancaster has been launched.

The Community Alcohol Network will support local retailers and residents in the two areas in a partnership by Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Constabulary to clamp down on those selling or giving alcohol to children.

The project will see a range of activity aimed at cracking down on alcohol misuse, including targeted police patrols in hotspot areas while Trading Standards officers will be speaking to local retailers to offer advice on the sale of alcohol.

PCSO James Horton, of Lancaster District Community Safety Partnership, said: “The aim of the scheme is to educate youngsters and their guardians that under-age drinking is something that has consequences, for example anti-social behaviour, which can lead to poorer community relations and action by the police.

“By bringing together a variety of agencies and communities, the network seeks to improve the quality of life for people living and working in Vale and Skerton.”

Anyone with information or concerns about under-age drinking or anti-social behaviour can contact the police on 08451 25 35 45, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.