In Brief

05 October, 2007

Northern crackdown

West Yorkshire police have launched a campaign to target under-age drinkers and say they will be reminding drinks shop owners of the law regarding alcohol sales to under-18s as part of it. Officers in Leeds have also been confiscating alcohol from anyone under 18. Inspector Kate Riley said: "We want to nip the problem in the bud and get the message across that we will take action against those who are drinking under age and also highlight the issue to adults, shop owners and licensed premises."

Closure for wayward store

An off-licence in Hayes, Kent, has been ordered to close after it sold alcohol for several months without having a designated premises supervisor. Bromley licensing officers served the closure notice on Hardy Wines on Sept 27 for "knowingly allowing or carrying on an unauthorised licensable activity". Officers said the shop had also been caught selling alcohol to under-18s.

Antisocial youths pulled up

Police Community Support Officers in Stockport seized 127 cans and bottles of alcohol from young people during the summer holidays. The initiative, which ran from July 20 to Sep 1, was set up to tackle alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour. Details of youths behaving antisocially were given to the council who sent letters to parents and carers warning them about the Antisocial Behaviour Order process. Officers gave out four fixed penalty notices to people for supplying alcohol to minors.

Customs swoop on gang

Revenue & Customs seized more than 150 pallets of beer from an industrial unit in Bolton, Manchester, following an investigation into alcohol fraud. Officers also arrested four men during the raid on Oct 10. The estimated duty and VAT the gang evaded paying was more than £140,000. To report anything suspicious, call the Customs confidential hotline on 0800 59 5000.

Now for something different

A former Threshers manager has decided to set up her own store so she can offer customers "weird and wonderful" drinks. Julie Wyllie opened her shop, Liquid Treasure, in Belper, Derbyshire, three months ago, just yards from the Threshers she managed. She said she stocks unusual liqueurs and spirits and a wide range of speciality beers. "There are lots of wonderful drinks out there that people might have experimented with on holiday or wherever and I wanted to have more freedom to be able to offer them."

Net closes on proxy buyers

South Devon police have announced a crackdown on adults buying alcohol for children. Licensing officer PC Ian House said: "We have received information from the public that there are adults who are deliberately buying alcohol and selling it to children for profit at weekends." The force has extended its network of community support officers from four to 27.

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