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Weymouth Shops Withdraw Super Strength Cheap Booze


11:57am 1st October 2013
(Updated 5:19pm 1st October 2013)

7 shops in Weymouth have signed up to a campaign to stop the sale of cheap super strength beer and cider.

It's aimed at stopping people drinking on the streets - which can then lead to crime and disorder.

There were over 390 incidents of alcohol related anti-social behaviour between last July and July this year in Weymouth Town centre.

Licensees are being asked to voluntarily remove all their super strength cheap beer from their premises.

Super-strength includes any beer and ciders with an alcohol volume of over 6.5 per cent that is sold cheaply. It does not include premium products.

The campaign is a joint project between Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Dorset Police, Public Health Dorset and Dorset County Council's trading standards service.

It is initially being run across Weymouth Town Centre and Abbotsbury Road. Shops which have signed up so far include Bon Bon, Mace, Derby Stores, Eats & Drinks, Lennox Street Store, Lodmoor Hill Post Office and Beals Newsagent.

The aim is to sign up all supermarkets, off-licences and shops that sell alcohol in Weymouth to the scheme.

Cllr Geoff Petherick, Brief Holder for Community Safety at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: "Street drinking and the anti-social behaviour that surrounds it is an issue we want to tackle in Weymouth. Cheap super-strength alcoholic drinks have a huge negative impact on both the consumer and the wider community.

"We want to deal with the problem at the source by encouraging licensees to voluntarily remove all super strength beer and cider from their premises."

Any shops or off-licences in the Abbotsbury Road or Weymouth town centre area interested in signing up to the scheme or would like more information can contact Melissa Johnson, Community Safety Officer at Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, on 01305 226863.

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