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Initiative to stop sales of super strength booze extends to Haverhill and villages

From left: PCSO Hannah Partington, St Edmundsbury community safety officer Helen Lindfield, Savers manager Marcus Hamill and Insp Kevin Horton

From left: PCSO Hannah Partington, St Edmundsbury community safety officer Helen Lindfield, Savers manager Marcus Hamill and Insp Kevin Horton

 

An initiative aimed at getting shops to voluntarily stop selling super-strength booze has been extended to Haverhill – though less than half of the town’s off licences are taking part.

‘Reducing the Strength’ had already been successfully trialed in Ipswich, and not police, along with St Edmundsbury Council have launched the scheme in the west of the county.

Today (Monday, February 3) the initiative was launched at Savers in Haverhill High Street, which is among the town’s eight off licence stores to take it up.

Nine Haverhill off licences and one in Clare have refused the code, while off licences in Thurlow, Kedington, Wikchambrook and one in Clare have all signed up.

Across the borough 34 off licences have joined.

Police class ‘super strength’ alcohol as cheap beer, lager or cider with an alcohol content of 6.5 per cent of higher, excluding wines, spirits and speciality beers.

For the full story and all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 6) Echo.

 

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