Clamp down on underage drinking

PUBLISHED: 16:23 08 August 2007 | UPDATED: 22:58 28 May 2010

PCSOs Tina Potter and Carol Holloway

PCSOs Tina Potter and Carol Holloway

UNDERAGE drinking in March is being clamped down upon as part of anti-social behaviour patrols.

Anyone caught drinking underage will have their alcohol confiscated, their parents will be informed and inquiries into where they were sold the alcohol, or who

UNDERAGE drinking in March is being clamped down upon as part of anti-social behaviour patrols.

Anyone caught drinking underage will have their alcohol confiscated, their parents will be informed and inquiries into where they were sold the alcohol, or who provided them with the drink will be made.

Recently PCSOs Tina Potter and Carol Holloway were out on anti-social behaviour patrols in the St John's Road area of the town when they spotted a group of youths with carrier bags.

The youths ran from the two PCSOs towards March railway station.

The PCSOs then began searching nearby gardens and found several carrier bags of alcohol including vodka and different lager brands.

PCSO Potter said: "On this occasion we were able to confiscate a fairly large quantity of alcohol which had been carried by a number of underage youths.

"I would remind shopkeepers that it is illegal to sell alcohol to underage teenagers. I would also ask members of the public that if they are approached by a teenager asking them to buy alcohol on their behalf, please consider how old the person asking is and do not buy alcohol for underage youths.

"Anyone caught buying alcohol for youths could be issued with an on-the-spot fine of up to £80.

"We will carry on with our regular anti-social behaviour patrols and where we find underage drinkers with alcohol, it will be confiscated.

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