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25 July, 2008

CCTV safety measures

Wigan Council's network of over 600 CCTV cameras is being used to crack down on proxy purchasing. From the council's new CCTV control room, fixed and mobile cameras are being used to focus on hot-spot areas and identify adults buying alcohol for children. Wigan Council's safer neighbourhood services manager Michell Woodburn

said: "The council's CCTV system is a valuable tool in making our neighbourhoods safer. We are determined to use all the resources available to us ."

Alcohol seized in north east

Gallons of alcohol have been seized from teenagers in Alnwick and Amble, as part of Northumbria Police's force-wide initiative to combat under-age drinking. Officers say they have seized "significant" amounts of alcohol, including lager, cider and RTDs. Parents of under-18s found to be impaired by alcohol are

being sent a letter, containing details of how their child can self-refer to substance misuse service Sorted.

Test purchases fail

Over a quarter of licensed premises in North West Leicestershire have failed 288 test purchases carried out by police in nine months. Of the premises tested since September 2007, 77 failed - a failure rate of 27%. Five are now subject to a licence review, 2,480 of fixed penalty notices have been given out and

14 written warnings have been issued to licence holders, according to inspector Chris Brown, commander of North West Leicestershire local policing unit. Brown said he was "very disappointed" with the results, adding: "That is unacceptably high in my opinion and, as a result, we will be visiting nearly every one of those premises again before the end of the summer holidays."

Off-licence forced to close

The owner of an Inverness corner shop says he has been forced to stop trading after having his alcohol licence suspended for two under-age breaches. Highland Council's licensing board suspended Joseph Mooney's licence to sell drink at Mooney's Newsagent on Lochalsh Road for six months, despite Mooney presenting two ledgers recording up to 700 separate occasions when customers were refused alcohol. Mooney said the decision was a "big blow" as drink

sales are about a quarter of turnover at the store, and it left him with little choice but to close.

Rochdale gets Safe4Summer

Stop-checks on children seen drinking on the streets and congregating in large groups are being carried out in Rochdale as part of a Safe4Summer campaign, carried out by police, Rochdale community safety team, trading standards, councillors and the fire service. The areas of Greave, Cutgate, Brotherod, Spotland, Norden and Caldershaw have been chosen as the focus of the five-week crackdown because they were identified as having problems with alcohol-influenced antisocial behaviour. As part of the initiative, which will run until Sept 5, Trading Standards officers will visit off-licences to reinforce

that they should be trading responsibly.

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