Operation to crackdown on youth drinkers

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A clampdown on disorder in Ashington has already resulted in 445 young people being spoken to by police.

Officers are tackling anti-social behaviour and under-age drinking in the area.

And since the operation got under way, officers have made 74 seizures of alcohol from under 18s with letters sent to their parents.

A further 53 letters have been sent to parents where their children have been identified as being involved in anti-social behaviour.

All the youths coming into contact with police are given a leaflet detailing free or cheap activities available in the area, produced and funded by Local Multi Agency Partnerships (LMAPS).

A test purchase operation with Trading Standards led to two venues being fined for selling to under-age youngsters.

Acting Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Donna Rose said: “This is all about working together to tackle issues highlighted by residents as impacting on their quality of life.

“We will continue to patrol communities, visit shops selling alcohol to remind them of their responsibilities and take appropriate action against the small minority involved in anti-social behaviour.”