Police and retailers team up in crackdown

17 October, 2008

Police in Leeds are cracking down on under-age drinking in partnership with local retailers.

They have issued stores with 15,000 special labels, featuring a warning to youngsters and a unique bar code which helps trace drinks back to

where they were bought.

The Operation Buzzer scheme has also

issu ed 3,000 colour-coded carrier bags, which feature anti under-age drinking messages.

Retailers are

displaying posters explaining the scheme and will hand out flyers warning adults of the consequences of

buying alcohol and passing it on to under-18s.

Detective Inspector Duncan MacNay, crime reduction officer for West Yorkshire Police, said: "We believe this scheme has significant potential to help identify and deter those supplying alcohol to young people, as well as cutting the rate of under-age drinking.

"We will be monitoring the results of how well this new initiative performs in north east Leeds with a view to introducing it throughout West Yorkshire."

The labels are said to be hard to remove and freezer resistant.




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