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BRIGHTON TACKLES DRUGS AND CRIME PROBLEM

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An initiative in Brighton is aiming to take the drugs education message into as many of the town's 74 nightclubs as...
An initiative in Brighton is aiming to take the drugs education message into as many of the town's 74 nightclubs as possible - with the backing of the police, the council and the club-owners themselves, reports The Guardian (Society, p2).

The drugs programme is being combined with a separate initiative to challenge the popular misconception that young people are more likely to commit crime than be victims of crime.

Steve Bassam, the council's former leader and new home office minister, said the initiative relied on developing new partnerships between the police, the local authority and different parts of the local population.

It is too early to say whether the package of community safety initiatives, put together earlier this year, will reduce crime in Brighton. But the underlying message appears to be that the development of such imaginative anti-crime partnerships needs constant renewal and attention if they are to remain effective.
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