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West Oxfordshire Nightsafe wins recognition

The West Oxfordshire Nightsafe Scheme has received a national award for its achievements which includes the 'Wasted Nights' educational DVD package.

The Responsible Drinks Retailing Awards 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, "It is a great achievement to be
Highly Commended in a national Home Office award. We are all very pleased that Nightsafe is helping to reduce alcohol-related violent crime and disorder. Much of this success can be attributed to good partnership working between the Licensed Trade, Police, District Council and other organisations."

West Oxfordshire Nightsafe was introduced a year ago to coincide with the new licensing laws.

More recently, 'Wasted Nights', an educational package for young people, was launched at Carterton Community College. Students watched a DVD on the consequences of binge drinking and then took part in group sessions, acting out scenarios. This lesson pack has been sent to all secondary schools in West
Oxfordshire to form part of the studentsí citizenship education.

Dennis Evernden, Police Area Commander for West Oxfordshire said, "Sixty premises in West Oxfordshire 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 Community Safety Partnership was invited to attend a ceremony in London to collect the award on 21 November.

Posted : 06/12/2006 16:24:54

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