Targeting underage drinking in Wallsend

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UNDER-AGE drinkers are being targeted by police and council workers in Wallsend.

Northumbria Police has joined forces with North Tyneside Council’s trading standards department to conduct a test purchasing operation in the Wallsend area.

Three shops – White’s Newsagents in Warwick Road, Joe’s General Dealers in Tynemouth Road and Rosehill Off-Licence in Northumberland Terrace/Tynemouth Road – have now been prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-age youngsters and given fixed penalty notices.

Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson said: “Tackling under-age sales of alcohol is a sector priority and also ties in with the force’s ‘Put yourself in their shoes’ campaign tackling anti-social behaviour.

“We know from experience alcohol can lead to anti-social behaviour, which is why we’re tackling this issue and targeting businesses which are selling alcohol to under-age youngsters.

“Under-18s who drink alcohol are more vulnerable to becoming involved in youth disorder and anti-social behaviour, putting them at risk from harm because of impaired judgment.

“Visits to off-licences are also a good opportunity of reminding staff of their responsibilities and we’ll continue to work with partner agencies and the local community.”

Coun George Westwater, North Tyneside Council’s cabinet member for community and regulatory services, said: “The sale of alcohol to youngsters not only causes crime and disorder but makes the young people themselves vulnerable and at risk.

“The council team will continue to carry out test purchase operations with Northumbria Police to ensure retailers are acting responsibly and complying with their responsibilities.”