POLICE in Ellesmere Port are telling people to think twice before buying alcohol for under-18s.
Officers from Ellesmere Port Neighbourhood Policing Unit are warning the public it is against the law and can contribute to alcohol-related crime.
The warning follows a report from a member of the public about a man who was seen buying alcohol for youths in the area.
The incident is being investigated by officers, who are keen to avoid any similar incidents.
PC Sian Jones of Ellesmere Port Neighbourhood Policing Unit said: “Not only is it against the law to purchase alcohol for anyone under 18, it is also irresponsible.
“Alcohol-related health issues are on the rise among youths and young people drinking can contribute to an increase in anti-social behaviour.
“We are taking proactive steps to tackle the issue and anyone caught purchasing alcohol for under-18s will be dealt with robustly.”
The practice of an adult buying alcohol on behalf of an under-age person is known as proxy purchasing.
Cheshire Constabulary is aiming to stamp out this type of behaviour with the ArcAngel initiative.
ArcAngel is the joint approach to tackling alcohol-related crime between Cheshire police and a range of agencies, including councils, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and NHS trusts.
The brand represents a standards based approach adopted by all agencies working in partnership with the licensed trade to target the problem of alcohol-related crime and disorder as well as under-age drinking and alcohol-related incidents.
For further information about ArcAngel, visit www.cheshire.police.uk.