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Nightsafe shortlisted for national award

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership is short-listed for the national Responsible Drinks Retailing Award for its Nightsafe scheme which includes the recently launched educational package 'Wasted Nights'.

The Home Office sponsored Award recognises the hard work and commitment provided by not only the drinks industry, but also public sector organisations and communities as they work together to promote responsible drinking.

Cllr Barry Norton, Leader of West Oxfordshire District Council said, "Being short-listed for this national award is excellent news and is a significant achievement for the Community Safety Partnership. The Nightsafe scheme is evidence of how good partnership working between the Council, Police, licensed trade and other organisations can help tackle anti-social behaviour."

The Nightsafe scheme, which aims to reduce alcohol-related violent crime and disorder, was launched in West Oxfordshire less than a year ago when the Licensing Act 2003 was introduced.

More recently, 'Wasted Nights', an educational package for young people, was successfully launched at Carterton Community College where the students watched a DVD on the consequences of binge drinking and then participated in group sessions to act out particular scenarios. This lesson pack has now been distributed to all secondary schools across West Oxfordshire to form part of the students' citizenship education.

Dennis Evernden, Police Area Commander for West Oxfordshire said, "Sixty premises in Witney have signed up to Nightsafe and agreed a charter which includes membership of the local pubwatch scheme, displaying high visibility posters about responsible drinking and ensuring that bar staff are trained on managing alcohol misuse. It's great to see businesses in the town come onboard and a number of initiatives have been run in conjunction with these local licensees. This has resulted in bringing crime figures down with a 43% reduction of serious assaults in the District."

The West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership team will attend the Responsible Drinks Retailing lunch in London on 21st November where the winner will be announced.

Posted : 31/10/2006 14:15:42

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