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Community figures praise Redbridge Council for its efforts to reduce street drinking in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 15:24 11 September 2014 | UPDATED: 15:24 11 September 2014

John Clifton, from the Ilford Salvation Army, Cllr Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge Council, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal and Rai Holdstock, chairman of the Ilford Business Improvement District.  They are holding a card signed by 300 members of Redbridge Citizens thanking the council for its work on tackling street drinking in Ilford

John Clifton, from the Ilford Salvation Army, Cllr Wes Streeting, deputy leader of Redbridge Council, council leader Cllr Jas Athwal and Rai Holdstock, chairman of the Ilford Business Improvement District. They are holding a card signed by 300 members of Redbridge Citizens thanking the council for its work on tackling street drinking in Ilford

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Hundreds of representatives from community organisations have shown their support for an initiative aimed at reducing street drinking in Ilford.

John Clifton, from the Ilford Salvation Army, talking at the Redbridge Town Hall eventJohn Clifton, from the Ilford Salvation Army, talking at the Redbridge Town Hall event

About 300 members of Redbridge Citizens, a branch of national charity Citizens UK, signed a thank you card for Redbridge Council for its efforts to decrease the amount of super-strength alcohol sold in Cranbrook Road off-licences.

These drinks are 6.5 per cent or more.

Thirty-two leaders from Redbridge Citizens attended an event outside Redbridge Town Hall yesterday where the card was presented to Cllr Jas Athwal, the leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Wes Streeting, the deputy leader, and Rai Holdstock, chairman of the Ilford Business Improvement District.

Cllr Athwal said: “The needs and concerns of our residents and businesses are at the heart of everything we do.

“It’s vital that people feel safe in Redbridge.”

John Clifton, who runs the Ilford Salvation Army with his wife Naomi, presented the card.

He said: “We took the opportunity to thank them and the police for doing something that we wanted them to do; getting businesses to stop stocking high-strength lager.

“We are excited not just about what they have done, but the way they have approached it - relationally, voluntarily and without stigmatising anyone.

“We look forward to continuing to work with them.”

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Crackdown on sale of super-strength alcohol comes into force

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