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Durham police seize alcohol from underage drinkers

Alcohol seized durham police

5:27pm 5th September 2017
(Updated 1:06pm 1st November 2017)

Durham police have seized a substantial alcohol from underage drinkers in the region.

Officers targeted two County Durham towns on Friday 25th August. 

The ‘Stay Safe’ operation, in partnership with Trading Standards and the Fire Service, saw officers from Durham Constabulary carry out patrols in Bishop Auckland and Ferryhill. 

They confiscated booze which included wine, cider, vodka and lager from a group of about 50 youngsters in Ferryhill. 

Acting Inspector, Mick Urwin, from Durham Constabulary, said:

“Stay Safe is an integral part of the partnership work carried out to tackle underage drinking and the issues that come with it. 

“Our main focus is to protect young people who are at risk if they drink alcohol to excess, when they can become victims of crime or suffer injury. 

“We know that young people will drink out of the way, for example by a river or in an isolated area, which leaves them vulnerable. 

“The environmental impact is then felt by the local community using these areas in the days after, where litter, bottles and damage to grass is left by youths gathering.”

 The Stay Safe operation runs at regular intervals throughout the year to deal with concerns raised by communities about young people drinking and causing anti-social behaviour. 

Insp Urwin added:

“Those over 18 must be aware that if we find that alcohol has been supplied to underage drinkers then we will issue penalty notices of £90 or if it is persistent, they can be taken to court and given an unlimited fine.”

The operation took place under Durham Constabulary’s larger project, Operation ARIES, which is currently focused in Bishop Auckland. 

Operation ARIES involves police, Durham County Council and local off-licences and aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and low level crime. 

Giving his support, Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, said:

“Tackling the harm caused by alcohol and drugs is a clear priority, based on what local people have said to me. I have set this objective for the Chief Constable in my Police, Crime and Victims’ Plan. 

“The knock-on effects of under-age drinking to individuals and local communities can be severe and this force-wide approach should bring positive changes in attitudes and behaviour for all concerned.” 

Anyone with information about underage drinking is encouraged to contact Operation ARIES or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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