Warning to adults buying booze for kids

One of the posters that police in Cramlington are putting up as part of the crackdown on adults buying alcohol for children.
One of the posters that police in Cramlington are putting up as part of the crackdown on adults buying alcohol for children.

ADULTS inciting alcohol-fuelled disorder by buying booze for children are being warned they could face being taken to court and fined thousands of pounds.

Cramlington’s neighbourhood policing team is targeting adults supplying under-age drinkers with booze as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Officers are reminding those doing youngsters’ off-licence shopping for them that buying alcohol for under-18-year-olds is an offence carrying a fine of up to £5,000.

Extra patrols are being carried out by officers targeting anti-social behaviour over what remains of the summer.

Inspector Dave Harris, of Cramlington’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “We know that alcohol frequently fuels disorder and anti-social behaviour, and we are doing all we can to prevent this.

“That means reminding adults it’s against the law to buy alcohol for those under 18. We want to make people aware that there are serious penalties if they are caught doing this.

“We’re increasing our patrols and monitoring CCTV, as well as visiting shops selling alcohol to remind them of their responsibilities.

“Officers are taking appropriate action against anyone involved in anti-social behaviour.

“We want to encourage people who suspect that alcohol is being bought on behalf of under 18s to contact us so we can take action.”

To alert officers to proxy sales of booze destined to end up being drunk by children, call 101 ext 69191.