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Students help tackle alcohol-related crime

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(left to right) Marilyn Barber Senior Tenancy Enforcement officer for New Progress Housing Association, student Aaron Richardson from Runshaw College and Sgt Charlie Cox (left to right) Marilyn Barber Senior Tenancy Enforcement officer for New Progress Housing Association, student Aaron Richardson from Runshaw College and Sgt Charlie Cox

STUDENTS from a college inLancashirehave been designing beermats to help tackle alcohol-related crime.

Undergraduates on the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design atRunshawCollegein Leyland,Lancashirewere asked to design the beermats to help raise awareness of the consequences of consuming too much alcohol including drink driving, the risk to personal safety and violent crime.

The winning beermat was designed by Aaron Richardson, 19, fromLeyland, which was selected by a judging panel that included officers from New Progress Housing Association’s Tenancy Enforcement team, Lancashire Constabulary, and South Ribble Borough Council’s Licensing Department.

Aaron’s winning beermat featured a violent crime design with the message ‘you booze up, you square up, you get locked up’. He was presented with a Kindle Fire, donated by New Progress Housing Association, as his winning prize.  

5,000 beermats, which have been funded by the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC), which helps to support various crime prevention and community safety schemes throughout Lancashire, will now be distributed in pubs and bars acrossSouth Ribble. These will feature Aaron’s design as well as designs by three other students.

Marilyn Barber, Senior Tenancy Enforcement Officer for New Progress Housing Association, said: "Despite increased awareness, many people still do not consider the negative consequences associated with binge drinking. Aaron's beermat design will be an excellent way to help highlight the risks of drinking too much alcohol and make people think about their behaviour so that everyone can have a happy and safe night out."

Aaron Richardson, who produced the winning design, said: “The brief was something different – it was interesting to think of new ideas and produce a catchy slogan. It will be great to see my beermats in the pubs and it will look great on my CV.”

Sgt Charlie Cox from the South Ribble neighbourhood policing team said: “We do not have a significant problem with alcohol-related crime inSouth Ribble but this is part of a proactive, preventative approach to tackling it.

“We want to raise awareness of the consequences of consuming too much alcohol. We are not saying that people should not drink but that they should be aware of how much they are drinking and make sure they stay safe.

“We are thankful to the students for getting involved and helping us to raise awareness and we will continue to work with the college and other agencies to tackle crime.”

Jan Moon, course leader at Runshaw College, said: “We are always looking for external projects for our Graphic students and this project was perfect. It is a boost for the students to produce work that is going to be used, rather than just for their coursework.”

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