Confiscated booze makes for a round of cops and codgers

12 January, 2007

Alcohol from under-age drinkers donated to those old enough to know better

Police have come up with a novel way of getting rid of confiscated drink - handing it out to pensioners in gift hampers.

Lager, cider, wine and RTDs taken from under-age drinkers were boxed up and shared out among the elderly residents of Kirkham, Lancashire, before Christmas.

Police community support officer Annette Begg, who was in charge of distributing the goodies, said she hoped the senior citizens had been able to "enjoy a glass or two" over the festive season.

She said: "We have been saving all the booze we have collected from under-age drinkers in and around the Kirkham area and basically we have now run out of room to store any more.

"We hope that, by doing this, some good will come from what has been a problem for our local communities."

More than 1,000 cans and bottles of alcohol had been seized in Friday night "alcohol swoops" by officers on special youth nuisance patrols.

Stockpiles of confiscated drink have caused problems for police forces around the country. Last November, Staffordshire police were forced to work in shifts to pour 2,500 cans of beer and hundreds of bottles of spirits and Champagne down a toilet.

A judge had ordered the alcohol to be destroyed but ruled that it could not be poured directly into drains.

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