Cheap booze ban a step nearer

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Plans to clamp down on the sale of cheap alcohol across Airedale and Ferry Fryston have moved a step nearer.

Wakefield Council’s licensing committee has backed a year-long project to get retailers in Airedale and Ferry Fryston as well as Normanton to stop selling beers, lagers and ciders which have an alcohol content of more than 6.5 per cent.

The pilot scheme aims to reduce alcohol-related crime in the areas and improve people’s health.

But the scheme is voluntary, leaving the responsibility to stop selling the super strength alcohol with shop keepers.

The committee recommended approval for the Reducing the Strength scheme on Monday morning but it still has to be rubber stamped by the cabinet. The scheme could then start in November.