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Super strength drinks move

Reduce the strength campaign is launched outside Savers in Bury.  Pictured is Pat and Frank Warby, Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, Mark Swann (manager of Savers), Sergeant Greg Egan, Inspector Kevin Horton and PCSO Jaz Last.

Reduce the strength campaign is launched outside Savers in Bury. Pictured is Pat and Frank Warby, Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, Mark Swann (manager of Savers), Sergeant Greg Egan, Inspector Kevin Horton and PCSO Jaz Last.

Shops and off-licences in and around Bury St Edmunds have been signing up to the Reduce the Strength campaign being run by Suffolk Police and local councils,

Originally launched in Ipswich in September 2012 the scheme this week extended to Bury, surrounding villages and Haverhill.

The campaign aims to cut back on the sale of super strength beer, lager and cider to try and cut down on anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking and crime.

So far 36 off-licences in the borough have signed up, 17 in Bury, nine in Haverhill and 10 in surrounding villages.

A yearly review of the Ipswich scheme showed that reports of street drinking dropped by almost 100 and 60 per cent of off-licenced premises no longer sold alcohol with a volume of 6.5per cent or over,

Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, St Edmundsbury cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said:“I fully support this campaign and offer my thanks and appreciation to the off-licence owners who are discriminating in stocking these products.”

 

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