ADULTS in Blyth are being warned not to buy alcohol on behalf of children.
Police in the town are approaching off-licences to hand out leaflets informing customers of the penalties they face if caught passing on drink to under 18s.
Sergeant Garry Neill, of the Blyth neighbourhood policing team, said: “We want adults to understand this is a serious matter and they’re committing a criminal offence if they buy alcohol for someone under 18.
“These so called ‘proxy sales’ can attract a fine of up to £5,000 if they are convicted at court.
“We’re increasing patrols with uniformed officers to target alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in the Blyth area.
“We’re working with our partners at local shops which sell alcohol to get this important message across.
“We’re also asking for help from the public.
“Anyone who has information about under-age alcohol sales is asked to contact police.
“All information will be treated in confidence.”
Officers are visiting shops which sell alcohol to remind staff about their responsibilities not to sell to under-age drinkers.
Police are also asking parents to know where their children are and what they are doing.
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