A SCHEME to combat under-age binge drinking has been launched in Kirklees.
And it includes a DVD made in Huddersfield to educate retailers about the problem.
The Responsible Retailer Training Scheme is a joint initiative between Trading Standards, the police and Kirklees Safer Communities.
It aims to tackle the anti-social behaviour caused by on-street boozing.
Clr Khizar Iqbal, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for safer communities, said: “We are working hard to deal with the disruption and disorder that young people inflict on our communities when they have been drinking illegally.
“It is often difficult for staff working in off-licence outlets to tackle this problem, which is why we will be giving them advice and ongoing support in their bid to be responsible retailers.”
The scheme includes free training sessions with a DVD by Huddersfield film production company KGB Productions.
It shows a series of dramatisations to illustrate the problems for businesses and the community caused by under-age drinking.
The Home Office was so impressed by the film it now wants to use it across the country.
Managing director Ken George said: “It’s great to have a locally-produced film-based resource being recognised nationally in this way, especially since most of the crew and actors are from this area.
“I knew all along that the talent existed locally and I didn’t need to go looking elsewhere.
“This has been justified by the end results.”
Helen Simpson from Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership said: “The idea is to provide free training to the staff of off-licence premises to help them prevent alcohol being provided to young people through those outlets.”
The project was funded by Huddersfield area committees and the Home Office.