Police seize booze from teenage drinkers

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Police are stepping up patrols in a north Northumberland village to curb underage drinking and anti-social behaviour.

On Tuesday, April 8, police were informed a group of teenagers had gathered in the quarry in Longhoughton.

Officers attended and seized alcohol from the youths, who had been drinking.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested for being drunk and disorderly and a number of teenagers were collected by their parents.

Alnwick Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Truscott said: “We know underage drinking is a catalyst for youth disorder, however it also puts teenagers in a vulnerable state where they themselves may be more at risk of being a victim of crime.

“Local officers will be focussing patrols in the village and around the quarry to tackle the issue and ensure the safety of the youths. The quarry is still being worked which makes it a dangerous place for them to gather.

“It may be that parents aren’t aware what their son or daughter is doing while they are out with friends and we would encourage them to ensure they know where they are. We will speak to the parents of any teenager found to be causing a nuisance or under the influence of alcohol to make them aware of their behaviour and if necessary we willtake further action.

“We won’t tolerate this sort of behaviour and I would urge anyone who has information about how teenagers are getting access to alcohol or to report any disorder to contact police on 101.”

Tackling anti-social behaviour is one of Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird’s priorities in her Police and Crime plan.

She said: “Issues such as underage drinking can have a detrimental affect both on the young people involved and on the quality of life of local residents, so it’s important people continue to tell police what is happening and where, so they can ensure action is taken.”