Redbridge Police Licensing Team and the council are calling on independent shops to stop the sale of super strength alcohol

Off-licences targeted in curb on street drinking

Off-licences targeted in curb on street drinking

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Off-licences in Redbridge are being asked to stop selling cheap super strength alcohol following a new scheme aimed at curbing street drinking and anti-social behaviour. 

Redbridge Police Licensing Team and Redbridge Council are asking off-licence owners to 'voluntarily' remove super strong beer, lager, cider, or any drink exceeding the alcohol volume of 6.5 per cent. 

The initiative is aimed at reducing street drinking, begging, anti-social behaviour, and alcohol-related hospital admissions. 

So far, officers have targeted shop owners in Ilford Lane, Green Lane, and most recently in Cranbrook Road, but the council is seeking to make the scheme permanent in these particular locations. 

Supermarkets and big brand smaller stores such as Tesco Express are included in the initiative. 

The scheme hopes to combat the growing problem by scaling back the accessibility of strong alcohol which the police claim is attracting young people, or those with alcohol-dependency problems.

A spokesman for Redbridge council said this scheme could be expanded to Wanstead and Woodford if this is required.

He said: "This initiative is not limited to small businesses we are approaching bigger retailers and encouraging them to take part as well.

"We would consider rolling out the initiative in other parts of the borough if street drinking becomes an issue in that area.

"We have operated successful schemes covering shopkeepers in Ilford Lane and Green Lane where all agreed to stop selling high strength alcohol for an agreed period, until the problem was resolved."

 

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10:00am Tue 22 Jul 14

HottRedMan says...

Im sorry I am against this. Why is it that the supermarkets are going to be exempt and other traders not. These so called undesirables would end up going in the supermarkets anyway or Tesco Express. It is ridiculous of the police. These people are likely to buy more of the weaker alcohol near 6.5% and **** more to make up if they could not get the stronger stuff.
Another case of the police being pathetic and totally out of touch with the public.
Im sorry I am against this. Why is it that the supermarkets are going to be exempt and other traders not. These so called undesirables would end up going in the supermarkets anyway or Tesco Express. It is ridiculous of the police. These people are likely to buy more of the weaker alcohol near 6.5% and **** more to make up if they could not get the stronger stuff. Another case of the police being pathetic and totally out of touch with the public. HottRedMan
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11:04am Tue 22 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

This is a great idea but anyone who needs to drink 6.5% alcohol has a serious problem and it would be better to lower it to 5%.

Agree, the big supermarkets should also be targeted.

Too many of these 'convenience stores' inconveniencing those who have to live near them with all the drunks, vagabonds and rogues using them.
This is a great idea but anyone who needs to drink 6.5% alcohol has a serious problem and it would be better to lower it to 5%. Agree, the big supermarkets should also be targeted. Too many of these 'convenience stores' inconveniencing those who have to live near them with all the drunks, vagabonds and rogues using them. Villagecranberry
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8:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Howard Wolowitz says...

Get your drug of preference from your local convenience store. How do you think they exist?
Get your drug of preference from your local convenience store. How do you think they exist? Howard Wolowitz
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