Newcastle stores ace test purchases

06 August, 2010

Stores in Newcastle city centre have been praised by police after a test-purchase operation failed to find any retailers breaking the law.

Members of the public were also given the thumbs up after the operation, which targeted eight stores thought to be commonly used for proxy purchases of alcohol by adults for under-18s.

Operation Nestle saw no alcohol sold to minors and no attempts at proxy purchases.

Northumbria Police said it had acted on the basis of information that youths were intimidating adults into buying alcohol for them.

PC Zoe Hingston, of Newcastle’s central neighbourhood policing team, said: “Operations such as this have an impact on disorder in the city centre and send out a clear message.”?The operation was part of a summer antisocial behaviour initiative under the banner Respect – It’s a Two-way Street.




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