North Northumberland underage alcohol seizures

Police have seized alcohol from underage drinkers in a north Northumberland town four times over a ten-day period.

Neighbourhood officers on patrol in the Amble area have repeatedly found under 18s with alcohol.

Police have seized drink including two bottles of vodka, 20 bottles of lager and two of cider, pouring it away in front of the youngsters.

And they have recently stopped and spoken to 22 youths with alcohol on them.

Inspector Paul Truscott, of Alnwick Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Tackling underage drinking is a neighbourhood priority which has raised concerns in the community.

“This is a persistent problem in this area and we want to reassure people that positive action is being taken by officers who regularly patrol these ‘hot-spot’ places.

“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.”