Don’t fake your ID

POLICE will be reminding under 18s it’s illegal for them to use fake IDs to go out drinking in Northumberland.

Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team will be paying a visit to high schools in Alnwick and Amble to reiterate the message to pupils that using a fake ID is breaking the law, that they face being arrested and having a criminal record.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Police Inspector Paul Truscott said: “Fake ID is an issue in Alnwick and Amble as it is in other areas of Northumberland.

“In many cases, it may be that young people don’t realise what they’re doing is a crime and we want to warn them they could find themselves being arrested if caught. And the likelihood is they will be with officers carrying out visits to pubs and door staff being extra vigilant around the issue of fake ID.

“Attempting to get into pubs or clubs with ID that you know includes false information, or belongs to someone else, is an offence. You will have it confiscated by the police and can be arrested and end up with a criminal record. This can have a lasting effect on a young person’s career and damage their future prospects.”

“Not only that, children who drink are making themselves vulnerable to becoming involved in anti-social behaviour or becoming victims of crime themselves. This is why we take this matter so seriously and are aiming to educate young people about the dangers.”

Officers have also been carrying out joint visits to pubs in Alnwick together with the licensing team from Northumberland County Council.

Sue Milner, director of public health and protection at Northumberland County Council, said: “Underage drinking can be the cause of immediate as well as long-term dangers to health and well-being.

“This initiative is important as it reminds young people that using fake ID is illegal and it spells out the dangers and consequences of drinking alcohol at a young age.”