Man caught buying booze for youth, 15

A MAN has been cautioned after he bought a 20-pack of lager for a 15-year-old boy.

Police acted after being alerted to the youth asking a Longbenton off-licence customer to buy the booze for him.

Officers found a 60-year-old local man had bought the alcohol and he was arrested on suspicion of buying alcohol for consumption by a child.

He admitted the offence and received a caution.

Police are now reminding adults they will take action against anyone who buys alcohol for children, and they want to make people aware that they can be arrested for this type of offence.

Inspector John Smith, from Killingworth neighbourhood policing team, said: “Children under the age of 18 should not have access to alcohol, by law they cannot buy it for themselves and adults commit an offence if they buy alcohol for a child.

“Officers work closely in partnership with shop staff to make sure alcohol is not supplied to children.

“We know that children who drink alcohol are more likely to become involved in anti-social behaviour and it also makes them vulnerable.

“If anyone has information about alcohol being supplied to children they should contact their neighbourhood policing team on 03456 043043 ext 69191, so we can take action.”