A new project aimed at tackling a rise in underage drinking and anti-social behaviour in Newport is to launch next week.

The Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) will bring together a range of stakeholders, including the council’s trading standards team, police, the Community Safety Partnership and Newport Central Town Council.

Other stakeholders may be added to the group in the future.

It has been set-up in response to a rise in anti-social behaviour in and around Newport. As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, a number of incidents have occurred near to the town’s McDonald’s restaurant.

Cabinet member for Community Safety and Public Protection, Councillor Tig Outlaw, said:

“I am delighted to announce the launch of the CAP in Newport.

“There has been growing concern in the area about the levels of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour and the Newport CAP action plan will aim to prevent youngsters damaging their health, development and opportunities, as well as lessening the impact on the wider community.”

Superintendent Sarah Jackson, who oversees policing on the Isle of Wight, said:

“We welcome the launch of the CAP. Newport’s Neighbourhood Policing Team has been working with partners as part of Operation Varney to address anti-social behaviour around the bus station and Church Litten, and we’re seeing a reduction in the number of incidents reported to us.

“The introduction of the CAP will complement the work that’s already been undertaken and will signpost young people to activities and services that will benefit them. This should help to maintain the reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour in Newport that we’ve seen recently.”

An event to mark the launch is taking place at St Thomas’ Square on Tuesday (23) and will provide a showcase for activities available for young people in the area.

The day will also highlight the harm of underage drinking and the CAP, the Newport Neighbourhood policing team and Substance misuse service will be there with information and advice.

More information about CAPs can be found, here.