Council worker gets national award for tackling underage drinking in Corby

A Corby Council worker has received a national award for his work in tackling underage drinking in the town.

Wednesday, 23rd November 2016, 1:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:29 am
Craig Spence

Craig Spence is senior neighbourhood manager at the council, and this week received a Community Champion award at the Westminster launch of the Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) Impact Report 2016.

Chief executive of the national volunteering charity TimeBank Helen Walker said: “Craig has been the co-ordinator of Corby CAP since 2014, engaging effectively with schools and retailers in the area and helping to bring down anti-social behaviour by 27 per cent.

“He has contributed enormously to the success of the CAP, in particular improving relationships between retailers and enforcement services in Corby.”

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CAPs bring together retailers, local authorities, police, schools, neighbourhood groups and other groups to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

The report shows that, on average, in CAP areas

alcohol-related youth anti-social behaviour fell by 40 per cent

confiscations of alcohol from under-18s drinking in public fell by 85 per cent

attempted purchase of alcohol by under-18s fell by 75 per cent

attempted “proxy purchase” of alcohol by adults on behalf of children fell “significantly”

Chairman of Community Alcohol Partnerships Derek Lewis said: “Craig has made a tremendous contribution to the success of Corby CAP.

“Local partnerships of communities and retailers working together to provide tailor-made solutions to underage drinking in their areas are a powerful and effective way to protect children and create better and safer neighbourhoods.”