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Action on under-age drinking

Every off-licence in Boston is to get a visit, starting this week, as part of a campaign in the run-up to Christmas to highlight issues around under-age drinking.

The newly-formed Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) - launched in Boston - will visit off-licences to give support, age-checking Challenge 25 stickers and flyers, plus an offer of a refusals register used to record a refusal to sell to a customer failing to confirm their age.

The county launch of Lincolnshire's first CAP was held in Boston at The Stump. Partners include the police, the borough council, public health, alcohol retailers, housing, youth services, AddAction and schools with backing from retailers such as Tesco, Asda and the Co-op and independent retailers.

The campaign is targeted at under-25s.

Andy Morrice, Boston's Community Policing Inspector, said: "The Community Alcohol Partnership has hit the ground running. It will bring in schools to educate about the dangers and pitfalls associated with alcohol, provide training to all off-licences regarding conflict management for refusal of sales, and promote the Challenge 25 campaign. The partnership includes partners who can help keep young people out of trouble. Of course, there is also an enforcement arm, so police, licensing and trading standards are all part of the CAP, and will work together where training and education has not been so successful."