Police launch campaign against proxy purchasing
Published:  14 December, 2007

Police in Burnley, Lancashire are targeting proxy purchasers this Christmas as part of an operation to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder.

The Campaign Against Alcohol Proxy Sales aims to stamp out underage drinking by reminding adults that buying alcohol for under-18s carries an 80 fixed penalty notice and a fine of up to 5,000 if caught.

Drinks retailers will also be visited by officers over the next week to be offered advice on how to spot a proxy purchase.

Police Sergeant Craig Leech said: "Thanks to the work that we have carried out by running test purchases, off licences sales to young people by shop keepers have dropped significantly. However, what has become more common is the practice of young people waiting outside an off licence and asking adults to buy alcohol for them."

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