Alcohol seized from youngsters
Dated: 03 Jun 2012[View Full Size]
A large amount of alcohol has been seized by police from teenagers at a Newcastle retail park.
Three youngsters, aged 15, were stopped by officers in Kingston Park with 71 cans and bottles of beer and lager.
They were taken to their home addresses by police to be spoken to in front of their parents and the alcohol was seized.
Further enquiries identified the premises where the alcohol had been sold to the underage boys. The shop assistant was handed an £80 fixed penalty notice after admitting selling the alcohol.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Colin Murray said: "It's well known that youth disorder is often fuelled by alcohol. Youngsters who drink alcohol are more likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour which causes problems for the wider community.
"These young people are also made vulnerable themselves when they drink and could become involved in crime or become victims of crime.
"This seizure has put a stop to any of this.
"We want to stop youngsters under 18 from getting hold of alcohol in the first place and will continue to work with licensed premises in Newcastle and to target adults who buy alcohol from under 18s.
"Officers will also patrol areas where we know young people are gathering and potentially consuming alcohol and causing disorder.
"While the majority of youths are law-abiding and don't come to the attention of the police, the few that do are being warned of the consequences of their behaviour."
Anyone who has any information or concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area can contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 ext 69191.
Sgt Colin Murray pictured with the seized alcohol