Alcohol scheme in Airedale reduces antisocial behaviour by 20 per cent

A scheme to tackle underage drinking and anti-social behaviour is being expanded to the whole of Castleford.

Airedale’s Ferry Fryston and Townville Community Alcohol Partnership brought together retailers, licensees, the police and other groups to tackle the problem.

A Challenge 25 policy was launched and members of the scheme worked with Airedale Academy to educate young people on the dangers of excessive drinking.

Now the scheme is being expanded after a 20 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour was reported.

Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper praised the scheme, but was worried that cuts to the police budget might mean not enough officers to run the scheme.

She said: “The partnership up in Airedale has been really successful. They’ve helped to reduce Anti-Social Behaviour in the area by 20 per cent this year and done a great job engaging students from the school as well.

“So it’s good that they are expanding to cover the whole town and hopefully that same success can be repeated, but we need to make sure that the police attached the Partnership are properly funded and supported.

“At the moment I’m really worried about cuts to policing numbers that could take officers off the beat and undermine really successful projects like this one, and that would be a disaster for our communities.”