Co-op bans super-strength booze from its stores

Essex County Standard: Co-op bans super-strength booze from its stores Co-op bans super-strength booze from its stores

CO-OP has stopped selling super-strength booze.

The store will stop selling beer and cider with an alcohol volume of more than 6.5 per cent from today.

It has 50 shops in Essex and six in Colchester.

The decision follows a successful agreement in Ipswich, which Colchester Council hopes to replicate in Colchester.

Roger Grosvenor, retail executive officer for the Co-op, said: “Our work has shown how removing the problem at source can help reduce antisocial behaviour in the local areas where we trade.

“As an ethical retailer, we want to ensure all our local communities can benefit from the positive effect such action can achieve.”

Colchester Council plans to implement its Reducing the Strength campaign across the borough next year.

The idea behind the scheme is to stop alcoholics, beggars and street drinkers buying single cans of high-strength booze, cutting the level of alcoholrelated recorded crime.

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7:22am Tue 17 Dec 13

SAndrewss says...

Scoot will be outraged. :-)
Scoot will be outraged. :-) SAndrewss

8:38am Tue 17 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

No worries, its available elsewhere!
No worries, its available elsewhere! Say It As It Is OK?

9:52am Tue 17 Dec 13

Scoot says...

Yep SAndrewss I am and about to send my dividend card back and tell them where to shove it. If they are an ethical caring company they should have said that they wouldn't stop selling the super strength booze but set aside some of their profits to help the alcholics and those on the streets. It is quite clear (as it is here in black and white) that this policy is to ethnically cleanse Colchester of the undesirables (as the council and many Colcestrians view them) so that the pretentious prigs can vomit to their hearts content, have a few fights and smash up shop windows as well as using the doorways as loos, pass out on the streets, oh and jump into their cars as well, but as they have houses which pay council tax, to down a bottle of spirit before going out, obviously their behaviour is saintly compared to those that live on the streets and can only afford a can of special brew.
Yep SAndrewss I am and about to send my dividend card back and tell them where to shove it. If they are an ethical caring company they should have said that they wouldn't stop selling the super strength booze but set aside some of their profits to help the alcholics and those on the streets. It is quite clear (as it is here in black and white) that this policy is to ethnically cleanse Colchester of the undesirables (as the council and many Colcestrians view them) so that the pretentious prigs can vomit to their hearts content, have a few fights and smash up shop windows as well as using the doorways as loos, pass out on the streets, oh and jump into their cars as well, but as they have houses which pay council tax, to down a bottle of spirit before going out, obviously their behaviour is saintly compared to those that live on the streets and can only afford a can of special brew. Scoot

10:11am Tue 17 Dec 13

SAndrewss says...

Nah, not saintly, just a completely different issue.
Nah, not saintly, just a completely different issue. SAndrewss

11:30am Tue 17 Dec 13

All_talk_no_action says...

Coop only sold cans of beer in 4 packs and massively over priced.
Coop only sold cans of beer in 4 packs and massively over priced. All_talk_no_action

3:38pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Scoot says...

Yes suppose it is a different issue. Clear the streets of those that need help and don't have a loud voice, but turn a blind eye to those that have money to buy bottles of spirits and can shout loud enough when things upset them along with the bars that pour booze down their throats and shove them out at closing time without a care in the world who would scream if they were targetted.
But is it a different issue ? Homeless person buys a can of super strength lager because thats all he can afford and commits a crime (criminal damage, urinates in a public place, drunk and disorderley). Pretentious chav buys a bottle of vodka from tescos drinks half of it, tops up in town and then commits a crime (criminal damage, urinates in a public place, drunk and disorderley). So if Colchester Council and those who support this can give a valid argument that this isn't to cleanse the town of the homeless but to stop unsociable drinking then surely they should also be campaigning to prevent the sale of spirits from supermarkets to the twentysomethings and younger and targetting the bars that pour even more booze down their necks and then don't give a to55 what happens at closing time.
Yes suppose it is a different issue. Clear the streets of those that need help and don't have a loud voice, but turn a blind eye to those that have money to buy bottles of spirits and can shout loud enough when things upset them along with the bars that pour booze down their throats and shove them out at closing time without a care in the world who would scream if they were targetted. But is it a different issue ? Homeless person buys a can of super strength lager because thats all he can afford and commits a crime (criminal damage, urinates in a public place, drunk and disorderley). Pretentious chav buys a bottle of vodka from tescos drinks half of it, tops up in town and then commits a crime (criminal damage, urinates in a public place, drunk and disorderley). So if Colchester Council and those who support this can give a valid argument that this isn't to cleanse the town of the homeless but to stop unsociable drinking then surely they should also be campaigning to prevent the sale of spirits from supermarkets to the twentysomethings and younger and targetting the bars that pour even more booze down their necks and then don't give a to55 what happens at closing time. Scoot

3:57pm Tue 17 Dec 13

SAndrewss says...

It's the difference between night and day as far as I'm concerned, quite literally. But we will agree to disagree ;-).

On another note, I don't think there is even a Co-Op in the town centre anymore is there?
It's the difference between night and day as far as I'm concerned, quite literally. But we will agree to disagree ;-). On another note, I don't think there is even a Co-Op in the town centre anymore is there? SAndrewss

2:20am Wed 18 Dec 13

Boris says...

All supermarkets should stop selling alcohol of any kind. They should leave that to the pubs and off-licences. Of course it won't happen, because supermarkets are a very powerful lobby.
All supermarkets should stop selling alcohol of any kind. They should leave that to the pubs and off-licences. Of course it won't happen, because supermarkets are a very powerful lobby. Boris

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