Half-price soft drinks offer to tackle Kidderminster booze-fuelled disorder (From Kidderminster Shuttle)
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Half-price soft drinks offer to tackle Kidderminster booze-fuelled disorder
9:21am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
HALF-price soft drinks are being offered by some pubs and clubs in Kidderminster town centre as part of a national police campaign focusing on alcohol-related harm and disorder.
Cheaper soft drinks will be available at some town centre pubs and clubs from tomorrow through to Saturday in support of this week’s In Focus: Alcohol Harm initiative, organised by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in conjunction with partners.
Kidderminster Licensees Association (KLA) is backing it locally by arranging for licensed premises in and around the town centre to provide half-price soft drinks as an incentive to people not to drink to excess and potentially get involved in trouble.
In an effort to dissuade people from drink-driving a free first soft drink will also be available to designated drivers.
Tesco has provided sponsorship for the police and street pastors to hand out free bottled water to revellers. Street pastors will be on hand to help anyone who appears the worse for wear through drink to get home without police intervention.
The KLA joined forces with police last week to launch a Behave Or Be Banned poster campaign in licensed premises as a warning to troublemakers.
PC Andy Forbes, of the town centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is an opportunity to remind those people going for a night out in Kidderminster of the consequences of consuming too much alcohol and either causing harm to other people or getting involved and ending up on the receiving end of it.
“We are grateful for the support we are receiving from the KLA in getting this message home and encouraging people to drink responsibly through the soft drinks promotion and the wider campaign targeting those out to cause problems.”
He added: “The names of those causing trouble can be put forward by publicans and doormen to the KLA committee, leading to six or 12-month bans from all the town centre premises involved. Repeat offenders could end up banned for life.”
He went on: “This isn’t about stopping people from having fun but preventing the minority of yobs and other troublemakers from spoiling the night for the vast majority of people who just want to go out and enjoy themselves without causing or coming to harm."
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