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New Mills Safer Neighbourhood Team tackle underage drinking

Posted on 11th June 2013

Police are clamping down on people buying alcohol for under-18s as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking.

New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team will be on the lookout for people buying alcohol on behalf of teenagers, known as ‘proxy buying’.

It is illegal for an adult to buy alcohol for someone aged under 18, and could result in a fine and further prosecution.

High Peak Community Safety Partnership, which includes the police and High Peak Borough Council, has been working with licensees in the area to put a stop to underage children buying alcohol.

The focus is now being placed on proxy buying and as part of the campaign, officers will be monitoring how young people get their drink.

They will also be visiting schools to talk to youngsters about the dangers of drinking too much and educate them that they are asking people to break the law for them.

PCSO Lee Baker, from the team, said: “There is a direct link between young people, alcohol and anti-social behaviour and we are working hard to tackle this issue.

“Adults who buy alcohol for under-18s are irresponsible and are breaking the law. If anyone is caught doing this they must take responsibility for their actions and face the consequences.

"People who supply youngsters with alcohol could not only end up with an £80 fine but they could be putting young lives at risk.”

Police have been called to incidents in recent weeks where underage people have been found intoxicated and have either been taken home or, in extreme cases, to hospital.

PCSO Baker added: “Our message is if you are asked by young people to supply them with alcohol then don’t.”

Anyone who suspects that an adult may be breaking the law should contact New Mills Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.

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