Police seize 90 litres of booze

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NEARLY 90 litres of alcohol has been seized from youths during a crackdown on underage drinking in Blyth.

The neighbourhood policing team have been targeting youngsters causing problems after residents raised concerns.

Officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols at key times of the day throughout Blyth as part of an operation that ran from last September until March.

There were extra patrols in identified ‘hot spot’ areas of Ridley Park and Blyth beach and during the operation officers stopped and searched 232 young people.

A total of 22 ‘section 30’ warnings were issued to youths – these are warnings that police can give to anyone under 18, and if a young person receives three of these they are arrested and action taken.

A further 56 people were issued with direction to leave orders barring them from particular areas of Blyth for up to 48 hours.

The drink recovered included 155 cans and bottles of lager, two litres of vodka, two litres of wine, 12 litres of cider and three litres of alcopops.

Blyth Neighbourhood Sergeant Garry Neill said: “Residents told us that underage drinking and alcohol related disorder was a concern so we took action.

“We have had officers out at key times at night and during school holidays in the areas where the public tell us there are problems. We’ve been stopping groups of youths, speaking to them and taking alcohol from them.

“If further action is needed then it is being taken - with arrests being made and section 30 orders issued to youngsters and their parents.

“The operation has led to a drop in the number of reports of anti-social behaviour in the town and the public can expect our work to continue.”