Friday, 4 June 2010

Crackdown planned on alcohol-fuelled problems during World Cup

Partnership agencies in Lancaster and Morecambe have united to tackle alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour during this year’s World Cup.

Studies of previous tournaments shows that there is often an increase in reports of domestic violence during such competitions, along with other crimes and instances of anti-social behaviour - often prompted by binge drinking.

The Lancaster District Community Safety Partnership, which includes agencies such as the City and County Councils, Lancashire Police and the local NHS, will be working together throughout the World Cup to reduce these problems by increasing awareness of the risks of alcohol abuse and substance misuse.

“We want everyone to enjoy this year’s World Cup," expalins Councillor Eileen Blamire, chair of the CSP, "so we're working together to try and minimise unacceptable, harmful or even criminal behaviour that can be brought on by drinking too much.”

Posters will be displayed in pubs and clubs across the area, in connection with PubWatch schemes, and premises will receive regular visits from members of the Multi Agency Licensing Team to reduce alcohol-related disorder.

A radio campaign on local station Bay Radio will also help highlight the issue.

Diversionary activities are being set up for the area’s youngsters, to provide them with positive activities and reduce juvenile nuisance problems.

“Our message is simple – drink sensibly," Coun Blamire added. "Alcohol is a major factor in around half of all violent crime and is also a major factor in anti-social behaviour. If you are out watching the World Cup in town or getting into the football spirit at home then be responsible, don’t put yourself or other people at risk.”

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) bring together all the main agencies working to make a district a safer, more confident place. In Lancaster the priorities are; criminal damage, street cleanliness, anti-social behaviour, serious acquisitive crime, alcohol related violent crime, domestic abuse, substance misuse, and fire and road safety. Woven through these objectives is the requirement to improve our links and engage the local community.

• Visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/community-and-living/community-safety/ to find out more. The campaign is being runj in conjunction with Wyre and Fylde CSPs.

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