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Booze seized from youths in clampdown

PUBLISHED: 19:42 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:07 30 June 2010

MORE than 15 cans and bottles of beer were seized from young people in Caister on Friday night as part of a clampdown on anti-social behaviour.

Officers from the Caister and Coastal Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) seized alcohol from young people aged between 14 and 16.

MORE than 15 cans and bottles of beer were seized from young people in Caister on Friday night as part of a clampdown on anti-social behaviour.

Officers from the Caister and Coastal Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) seized alcohol from young people aged between 14 and 16.

PC Michelle Hargrave and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Pat Goffin spent the evening patrolling the area - speaking with youngsters and seizing items from anyone caught with alcohol.

Sgt Andy Brown, from the Caister and Coastal SNT, said: “Underage drinking will not be tolerated in Caister and anyone found to be drinking on the street can expect to have alcohol seized.

Removing alcohol from young people also helps to prevent incidents of anti-social behaviour which can often be fuelled by alcohol.”

Sgt Brown added that the team would continue with high-visibility patrols and warned that spot checks would be carried out at licensed premises in partnership with Trading Standards if the problem continued.

The seizure comes a few weeks after the team pledged its support for an initiative in a Hemsby store which aims to tackle under-age drinking.

Customers who prove there are over the age of 18 by showing a driving licence or passport can have their thumbprint and details stored on a machine in the store.

When making future purchases of alcohol proof of ID can be made by the customer by simply having their thumbprint scanned - reducing the chances of young people getting hold of alcohol.

Sgt Brown added: “Purchasing alcohol for people under the age of 18 is illegal and anyone caught buying alcohol on behalf of young people can expect to be issued with an on-the-spot fine.

To contact the Caister and Coastal SNT call 0845 456 4567 or email sntcaistercoastalvillages@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

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