Supermarkets help to tackle underage drinking in Scarborough
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As part of our ongoing efforts to deal with underage drinking and related anti-social behaviour in Scarborough, the policing team paid a welcome visit to our valued Scarborough CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) members - Lidl, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
The visits occurred on Tuesday (16 November 2021) and coincided with the national Alcohol Awareness Week.
It provided another great opportunity for the team, led by Acting Sergeant Jon Dillon with PCSOs Donna Switzer-Green, Dan Manners and Nathan Stuart, to engage with the public about the work of the partnership, as well as highlighting general health and social problem linked to alcohol consumption.
The team then visited nearby off-licences to provide Scarborough CAP Christmas posters to warn against the proxy purchase and supply of alcohol to children by adults.
A/Sgt Dillon said: “Scarborough CAP’s mission is seeking to ensure children do not drink alcohol and develop responsible attitudes to drinking as they become adults. It is also to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime involving alcohol and provide a safer environment for the public.
“The partnership targets four key areas to achieve this, through education, diversion, enforcement if required, and public engagement which we have undertaken at the supermarkets.
“By working together and with outstanding support from the likes of Lidl, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, we are doing all we can to address the issues of underage drinking and adults illegally buying alcohol for children, which are of great concern to many people in the town.
“Anyone caught buying alcohol for children could get a £90 on-the-spot fine or end up in court with a criminal record and an unlimited fine.”
Scarborough CAP is urging residents to report any incident related to underage drinking, including the supply of it by adults.
Please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Or email the local policing team at [email protected]
Anti-social behaviour can also be reported to Scarborough Borough Council on 01723 383646