Police chief calls for age limit rise

13 July, 2007

A senior police officer has written to Gordon Brown asking him to ban under-21s from buying alcohol in supermarkets and off-licences.

Merseyside chief constable Bernard Hogan-Howe said stopping stores selling drink to under-21s would help cut binge drinking and alcohol related violence.

"My suggestions are to restrict the sale of alcohol to young people through off-licences and to come down hard on adults who go into off-licences to buy alcohol and hand it over to youngsters in the street," Hogan-Howe said.

The WSTA has criticised the proposal. Chief executive Jeremy Beadles said: "There is no evidence to show that allowing 18, 19 and 20-year-olds to buy alcohol is in itself any way irresponsible."

Raising the legal purchase age would not protect shop workers from being intimidated by young people, he added.




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