POLICE seized more than 450 bottles and cans of alcohol as part of a national two-week campaign to crack down on under-age drinking and those who supply alcohol to children.
Officers from the six neighbourhood policing units in the in the force’s western area, which includes this borough, targeted anti-social behaviour hotspots, looking specifically at places where gangs of youths congregate.
Main focus of the campaign, which ended on Sunday, February 24, was to confiscate alcohol from under-age drinkers and target those responsible for supplying booze to anyone aged under 18.
Sergeant Dave Snasdell said: “The national campaign has highlighted the issues our officers are facing on a day-to-day basis.
“The fact that more than 450 drinks were seized shows the level of problem we are experiencing.”
He added: “Officers from the western area are working extremely hard to tackle alcohol and related anti-social behaviour issues, particularly in relation to under-age drinkers.
“We will continue to carry out high visibility patrols, use powers to confiscate alcohol from anyone caught drinking under age and continue to take positive action.”
Officers also confiscated alcohol from adults.
Across the western area four Direction to Leave notices were issued – a new power under the Violent Crime Reduction Act.
Police officers can issue anyone aged 16 or over with a direction to leave a particular area for a period of up to 48 hours if they feel there is a chance of alcohol-related crime or disorder taking place.
Police have also been reinforcing the values of Cheshire Constabulary’s ArcAngel approach, which seeks to tackle all alcohol-related crime.
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