Northamptonshire chosen for new alcohol action project

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Northamptonshire has been selected as one of 20 Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAA) in the UK.

As part of the project, the county will receive support and expertise from the Home Office, the Department of Health and Public Health England.

The LAAA areas will be put in touch with mentor areas that have successfully tackled the same issues faced by alcohol action areas.

The project has three overall aims: reducing alcohol-related crime and disorder, reducing alcohol-related health harms and promoting growth by establishing a diverse and vibrant night-time economy.

Chief Inspector Dave Spencer, the force lead for alcohol harm reduction, said the main focus would be in Northampton to try to combat binge drinking on Friday and Saturday nights.

He said: “I am really pleased the county has been selected as a Local Alcohol Action area.

“This provides a good opportunity for the county to further develop ways to challenge its relationship with alcohol.

“What this means in practical terms is greater access to Home Office and Health Department expertise, giving us greater leverage and added impetus to the extensive work we are already doing in Northamptonshire to tackle alcohol harm.

““It will give strength to the work we are already doing, along with our partner agencies, to tackle the drinking habits of people who frequently place demands on our public services and help us raise awareness of the issues associated with alcohol misuse.

“It will help us achieve our aim to reduce violent crime by 40 per cent and help improve our town centres to make them safer, vibrant and more desirable places to visit.”