Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buyers for Under-Age Drinkers Are Targeted

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Buyers for Under-Age Drinkers Are Targeted

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POLICE and their partners are targeting people who buy booze on behalf of under-age drinkers in North West Durham.

Over the coming months they will focus on individuals who are legally entitled to buy alcohol but break the law by making proxy purchases and supplying drink to young people who would otherwise be refused a sale.

Stanley Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) acknowledges that the vast majority of off-licences in the area do not sell alcohol directly to under-18s, and that most young people get it from family members and older friends or, ask other people to buy it for them.

Sgt Mick Richardson, Stanley CAP project manager, said that while fewer young people are drinking regularly there are still too many under-18s drinking in Stanley.

He added: "Alcohol use by young people in the area is a concern to the local community. It is a complex issue and we are adopting a range of tactics to address the problem."

Local retailers such as Tesco and Asda, plus a large number of independent off-licences, are committed to the scheme. …

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