Alcohol confiscated from teenagers during crackdown on underage drinking in Corby

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Alcohol was confiscated from teenagers during a summer crackdown on underage drinking in Corby.

Corby Community Safety Partnership has been tackling the issue of underage drinking with its Operation Stay Safe programme which ran throughout the summer holidays.

The operation is a proactive way of ensuring that our young people are safer and deals with underage drinking face on

Cllr Jean Addison

The programme saw the team out in force on the streets of Corby on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, approaching young people and confiscating any alcohol they had.

During the patrols, the team confiscated 11 litres of cider and one other bottle of alcohol from a group of five teenagers.

The young people identified were given the option to be referred onto ‘Hammered’, an eight-week interactive course which is delivered by JAM to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol and challenge their own drinking habits.

In July, the Community Safety Partnership, with the JAM team conducted an alcohol awareness session to Year 8 students at Lodge Park Academy, and feedback was positive, with 81.6 per cent of students stating that they did not drink.

Deputy leader of Corby Council, Jean Addison, said: “Operation Staysafe is an initiative that Corby Community Safety Partnership has been undertaking for many years now.

“The operation is a proactive way of ensuring that our young people are safer and deals with underage drinking face on.

“I am pleased with the result this year, as although alcohol was confiscated, it means that we are actively setting out to keep the young people of the borough safe and encourage them to attend sessions that should hopefully steer them away from drinking.”

For more information about Corby Community Safety Partnership and their initiatives follow them on twitter.com/CorbyCSP or facebook.com/CorbyCSP.