City alcohol crackdown

15 October, 2010

Police in Newcastle upon Tyne have seized 40 litres of alcohol and issued “direction to leave” notices in an operation to crack down on antisocial drinking in the Throckley area of the city.

Police said they acted after receiving repeated complaints from residents about young people drinking and causing disorder. A letter warning about the consequences of their behaviour was sent to the youths and their parents.

“Local off-licences have all been visited and given advice about [not] selling to under-18s,” said PC Patrick Hammond of the Outer West neighbourhood policing team. “The operation sends out a clear message to youths involved in this sort of behaviour that we will not tolerate under-age drinking and the associated disorder and damage that they are creating.”?? A 38-year-old woman from South Shields, Tyne & Wear, was given an £80 fixed penalty notice after buying cider and sparkling wine for her 14-year-old daughter. The woman was arrested after she went to a reception centre run by police and the Youth Offending Service to collect the girl.




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