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Police launch bag scheme to beat underage drinking

PUBLISHED: 16:24 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 August 2010

OFF licenses have joined a police initiative to crack down on underage drinking. Bromley Police designed an eco-friendly carrier bag for eight off licenses in the borough to help trace the source of alcohol that has been proxy purchased by adults for u

OFF licenses have joined a police initiative to crack down on underage drinking.

Bromley Police designed an eco-friendly carrier bag for eight off licenses in the borough to help trace the source of alcohol that has been 'proxy purchased' by adults for underage youths.

The Local (part of the Thresher group) A & A Stores, Costcutter, Cards & Fings, NISA Supermarket, Londis, Kishan Superchoice and Fine Food & Wine in Cray Valley West have been supplied with 1,000 brightly coloured bags that have the details of off licenses on them along with a statement and warning about underage drinking.

The move comes after an increase in reports of underage drinking in the Cray Valley West area.

Sergeant David Conyers, Head of the Cray Valley West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "During the last four months we have seized an appallingly high number of alcoholic drinks from children. Teenagers make poor decisions whilst intoxicated and unacceptable levels of disorder and damage are directly attributable to young people obtaining alcohol and street drinking.

"Youths seen in possession of the carrier bags suspected of containing alcohol will be searched and we will also be able to trace the bags found discarded at drinking spots back to the premises where the drinks were sold."

Off licenses have also been handed15,000 freezer resistant labels with the shop postcode printed on them to be fixed to alcoholic drinks.

"Tackling proxy purchasing is essential if we are to stop alcohol getting into the hands of children. This issue has been neglected too often in the past, and those who buy alcohol on behalf of children need to know that they are committing a serious offence, which has consequences for the entire community."

If successful, Bromley Police plan to roll out the scheme to other off licenses in the borough.

Anyone with information about licensed premises which may be selling alcohol to under 18s, or information about where young people are gathering to drink illegally then please call Bromley Police on 01689 891212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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