Independent off-licences in Sutton to get training on preventing underage drinking

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New measures to avoid underage buying of alcohol are being championed by police in Sutton.

As part of the work of the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP), independent off-licenses in Sutton have been offered the chance to attend free training led by staff from the Asda superstore in Priestic Road.

The two-hour sessions will provide training and support in connection with underage alcohol sales and proxy purchase.

Police, trading standards and licensing officers will also be involved. CAP contacted independent off licences in the area and offered the training which is being hosted by Asda.

Nottinghamshire Sergeant Martin Severn, who leads on the CAP project, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for licensees and their staff to attend bespoke training, enabling development of a uniform approach to the issues we all face in terms of underage alcohol sales and proxy purchasing.”

“This course offers great benefits, not only to those taking part but also to the wider community. By attending or allowing staff to attend the training, licensees will demonstrate both their commitment to the CAP and to making Sutton-in-Ashfield a safer, happier and healthier place to live.”

Asda has agreed to be the lead retail partner on the Sutton CAP.

Store manager, Glen Bijou, said: “We are always pleased to help out our local community and this is a great opportunity for Asda to show support for an important project, which the CAP is. Asda is delighted to act as lead retailer to help make the CAP successful.”

Sutton CAP has been created to tackle underage drinking and the anti-social behaviour associated with it.

The CAP operates by bringing together alcohol retailers, licensees and local service-providers such as the district council, health providers and the police. Advice, guidance and materials are provided and shared to deliver a tailored response to underage alcohol misuse in the area.