Alcohol campaign to be rolled out to more English towns


Man drinking beer

A campaign to cut the amount of super-strength beer and cider on sale has been so successful at cutting crime in Ipswich it's now being rolled out across other towns and cities.

Police in the town say crime and anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking have dropped by nearly 50% since the scheme came into effect.

Officers and council officials in places like Nottingham, Lincoln, Birmingham and Portsmouth have been so impressed they've started similar schemes already or are planning to.

Critics say it's taking away people's choice when they should be allowed to make up their own minds.

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Andrew Smith, 26, chef

Andrew Smith

"I don't think the scheme's working that well," says Andrew.

"You're still getting people going out getting lairy in the streets, having punch ups, vandalism. Super-strength alcohol - you just don't need it to be honest."

Vicky Elliot, 26, full-time mum

Vicky Elliot

"It's a good idea, especially on the street I live on," she says.

"I'll be walking with my kids to school and you'll see people walking down the street with cans in their hands and it's ridiculous.

"My kids see that and that don't need to happen."

Samantha Nessanin, 18

Samantha Nessanin

"I think anti-social behaviour is going to still be there," she says.

"Rich kids can go and buy the expensive stuff and drink it so it won't stop them."

Curtis McClellan, 16, is going to college

Curtis McClellan

"It's a good idea because younger kids can't afford it," he says.

"But it won't really stop anti-social behaviour because there's nothing to do round here.

"The only thing for older people to do round here is to drink."

Tobias Gardener, 25, unemployed

Tobias Gardener

"Parents should be more aware," he says.

"When kids get to that age and get curious they need to be made more aware of what alcohol can do."

Nayan Patel, shopkeeper

Nayan Patel

"We used to have lots of children drinking super-strength cider and beer," she says.

"We had slashed tyres, broken windows, screaming and shouting.

"But since the ban has been there we don't have any trouble.

"I was in Ipswich town for three years and I have seen the trouble from high strength alcohol.

"But now the crime rate is down, I know that because I've been here 12, 13 years. I have seen the difference with my own eyes."

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