Super strength booze ban planned for Airedale and Ferry Fryston

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Cheap super strength alcohol could be taken off the selves at a number of shops across the district.

Wakefield Council’s licensing committee has backed a year-long project to get retailers in Normanton, Airedale and Ferry Fryston 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 this morning (Monday), but it still has to be rubber stamped by the cabinet and could start in November.