Don’t buy drink for youngsters, warn police

A MAN has been arrested and fined for buying alcohol for under-age teenagers.

Plain-clothed police officers spotted the 38-year-old buying alcohol from an off-licence in Blyth and giving it to a group of 13-year-old girls waiting outside. He was arrested and fined, and the alcohol was seized.

Neighbourhood inspector Trevor Oakley said: “Buying alcohol for under-age drinkers will not be tolerated. It is a criminal offence and action will be taken.

“Hopefully, this should serve as a warning to adults buying alcohol on behalf of youngsters that if you’re caught, then the police will take action.

“Under-age drinking often leads to anti-social behaviour, and we’ve made tackling youth related anti-social behaviour one of the priorities for our neighbourhood team.

“Officers are carrying out high-visibility patrols where anti-social behaviour is a problem and taking action against those responsible.”

If you have any concerns about your neighbourhood call police on 03456 043 043.