Crackdown on underage drinking and irresponsible adults
Anglesey Trading Standards and North Wales Police are joining forces to tackle underage drinking.
Under a newly agreed protocol, North Wales Police and Anglesey Trading Standards will share information and work in partnership to ensure licensing conditions are followed.
This joint effort will help reduce the fear of crime and anti social behaviour associated with underage drinking, making Anglesey a safer place to live, visit and trade. The joint campaign will see multi agency visits to licensed premises and a zero tolerance to underage sales and proxy sales, where adults buy alcohol on behalf of underage youths.
Anglesey’s Chief Trading Standards Officer David Riley, explained, “Despite all our best efforts in the past, working with retailers to reduce underage alcohol sales, underage drinking continues to be a problem. On the whole, Anglesey retailers are making an effort to ask for proof of age and not sell alcohol to persons under the age of 18. It’s clear that the main source of alcohol for underage youths is actually adults buying it on their behalf, be it a stranger on the street or more likely an older friend, parent or family member.”
Sargeant Andy McGregor warned, “There seems to be a general misconception that there is no harm in giving alcohol to underage teenagers. In addition to being socially irresponsible to give a child alcohol for unsupervised consumption, it is illegal. Any adult found buying alcohol for underage persons could be issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice, or prosecuted where fines could reach £5000.” Underage drinking not only has health implications for the young person, it often comes hand in hand with anti social behaviour and crime in our communities.”
In addition to possible fines and a criminal record, irresponsible adults found giving alcohol to underage persons could be banned from licensed premises on Anglesey as responsible retailers under Anglesey Pubwatch work with enforcement authorities to tackle the problem.