Blitz on underage drinkers

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Strathclyde Police is running a campaign over the next three weeks to raise awareness about the consequences of buying alcohol for those who are under-age.

In a blitz against booze, Chief Superintendent Bob Hamilton from the anti violence directorate said: “There’s no doubt that alcohol is a common factor in these crimes and we want to raise the awareness of the impact it can have.

“I would ask that everyone helps us to reduce the amount of alcohol getting into the hands of young people – remember it’s your street, your call.

“Don’t buy alcohol for youngsters hanging about outside shops – you’re not helping them and you’re not helping your community.

“Through this campaign which emphasises our commitment to tackle violence, disorder and antisocial behaviour, we are seeking to speak directly to local people, urging them to help police to tackle the issues most affecting their lives and their communities.

“Our officers will offer advice, support and reassurance to bar staff, reminding them not to sell alcohol to anyone who is already drunk and beware that some purchases are being made for underage drinkers

“Over the past five years, there has been a significant reduction in the number of antisocial behaviour incidents, such as youth disorder, but there is still much to be done.”