Hartlepool Council joins forces to tackle cheap booze

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HARTLEPOOL’S council chiefs have joined forces with 11 other local authorities in a bid to tackle problems caused by the availability of cheap booze.

Twelve councils in the North-East have sent an open letter to the Government calling for national measures to reduce the damage being caused in communities by the widespread availability of cheap, strong alcohol.

And Hartlepool Borough Council is one of them.

Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council Christopher Akers-Belcher said: “From a public health point of view there still is so many hospital admissions associated with alcohol-related illnesses, so it’s quite prevalent not just in our area but across the North East.

“Anything we can do to reduce NHS expenditure and alcohol-related admissions into hospital has got to be a good thing.”

He added: “By collectively sending this letter we are acting as a pressure group to address that.”

The purpose of the letter by the Association of North East Councils (ANEC), is to urge the three main political parties to include evidence-based measures in their election manifestos to address the problems continuing to be caused by alcohol.

In the North-East one child is admitted to hospital every day because of alcohol, booze-related hospital admissions in the over 65s have doubled in 10 years, and there are over 570 alcohol-related crimes in the region every day.