Cider sticker to stop anti social behaviour
Stores selling strong beer and cider to people involved in anti social behaviour will be traceable in a pioneering scheme soon to be trialled in Crawley.
Crawley and Gatwick Business Watch (CGBW) developed a scheme which will see bottles of cider and beer of more than six per cent alcohol volume labelled with stickers detailing the point of sale and a helpline.
The stickers will enable the point of sale to be traced in the event of the product being found on someone involved in anti-social behaviour.
Karen Methven, scheme manager, explained: “The aim is not to have a go at off licences but to make them aware that people have been found acting anti -socially after drinking their alcohol. Then other measures could be taken.
“It’s a way of engaging with the off licences.”
In order to make it easier for off licences to judge who to sell alcohol to, voluntary members of the scheme will have access to a secure website providing advice as well as information on people in exclusion in the area.
Stickers will also provide contact details for outreach workers - currently being recruited by the support service Crawley Open House - who can lend advice about alcohol consumption.
Karen added: “So if they wake up and think ‘I need help’, they have got the details to make contact with the appropriate person.”
CGBW is also keen to encourage off licences to keep their strong beer and cider behind the counter.
Crawley MP and patron of the CGBW Henry Smith has written to Government ministers in support of the recommendations.
He said: “I’m delighted by news that the organisation is attempting to address the troubling association between the sale of high strength beers and ciders and anti-social behaviour in our town.”
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