Inside town in Nottinghamshire that's plagued by underage drinking

By Jack Thurlow

Businesses say they're frustrated because of problems with underage drinkers in a Nottinghamshire market town.

People have reported seeing youths drinking "in the middle of the road" and stopping cars which go past.

The problems in Market Warsop have become apparent since the coronavirus restrictions eased, people have said.

And locals have now spoken out about what's been happening.

Nightclub worker Shannon Brown, 23, said: "I have seen them [young people] always hanging around up here at the top of the market and a lot of the shops around here have to put up with it - it's a big issue.

"Younger people are often hanging around in the middle of the road drinking and stopping cars as they're going past.

"I don't know if they want to fight the cars or what but they're always doing it!

"I think that if there are people that are going to tackle it then great because these businesses are being affected by it a lot."

Marie Sayer, 55, the owner of a business called Creations, said: "Since Covid has settled down it has become an issue.

"Anything anti-social like that happens around here I would support efforts to sort it out - it is a way to make a negative into a positive.

Marie Sayer, owner of Creations store, welcomed any attempts to tackle anti-social behaviour in Market Warsop. (NottinghamshireLive/ Jack Thurlow)

"But it has never affected my business as I shut quite early but I can imagine them causing trouble at other places."

The issues have triggered a council crackdown.

What's been called the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) has been launched to reduce the risk that alcohol causes in the community, and to Warsop's young people.

The CAP, led by Mansfield District Council, will work with youth services and local organisations to provide leisure and sports activities for young people throughout areas in Church Warsop, Meden Vale and Spion Kop, among other places.

The council will work alongside local schools in an attempt to educate young people about issues surrounding drugs and alcohol.

Retailers mistakenly selling alcohol to underage youths is also seen as an issue, with the CAP working alongside local retailers to also reduce sales where adults buy alcohol for under-18s.

Other people, however, don't see the point of the action plan.

Retired Johnny Etches, 77, said: "It isn't ever going to be stopped, is it, so why bother?

"Put efforts into things that really are going on here like these kids riding on their motorbikes so fast without helmets or anything.

"When I was young we'd always get stopped by police but they don't seem to do that now."

Labour Councillor Marion Bradshaw, portfolio holder for safer communities, housing and wellbeing at Mansfield District Council, said: “Many incidents of antisocial behaviour involving young people are linked to alcohol.

"We hope that by working in partnership with other organisations we can address some of the factors that result in underage drinking and help reduce the harm that alcohol causes in our communities and to our young people.”

The CAP is made up of partnerships between local authorities, police, schools, retailers, neighbourhood groups and health providers.

Their aim is to improve quality of life for residents and prevent alcohol-related harm for young people.

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