Force-wide crackdown on teen tipplers

Force-wide crackdown on teen tipplers

: Alan Simpson from CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) speaking at the launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981961)

: Alan Simpson from CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) speaking at the launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981957)

: Alan Simpson from CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) speaking at the launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981952)

: Launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981948)

: Launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981940)

First published in News

UNDER-age drinkers across County Durham and Darlington are the target of a major campaign launched today (Tuesday, July 8).

Durham Constabulary’s Operation ARIES is believed to be the first time a force has worked with all its local Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAP) simultaneously.

The force-wide initiative follows successful pilots in Stanley and Peterlee that saw significant alcohol seizures, increased referrals to 4Real, the drug and alcohol service for young people, and a fall in alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

Operation ARIES will involve organisations including health bodies, trading standards and schools.

Repeat offenders will be monitored and given ‘three strikes”. They will be prosecuted If they are stopped with alcohol three times in 12 months and refuse help and support.

Patrols will look for groups of under-age drinkers, seize alcohol and refer intoxicated youngsters to 4Real.

Intelligence-led test purchase operations will be run at licensed premises, such as pubs and shops, and anyone caught buying drink for an under-18 will get a £90 fixed penalty.

Warning letters will be sent to adults suspected of doing this.

It will also feature Staysafe operations where vulnerable young people are taken to a safe place until parents or guardians collect them.

Sergeant Mick Urwin, of Durham's alcohol harm reduction unit and Operation ARIES lead, said: “We are confident Operation ARIES will build on the successes of the two schemes already run in Stanley and Peterlee and lead to reductions in under-age drinking and alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour across the force area.

“We are adopting a far more joined-up approach with the support of retailers and schools, as well as partner agencies and organisations.”

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, said: “Tackling the harm caused by alcohol and drugs is one of the policing priorities, voted for by the public, which I have tasked the chief constable to deliver in my Police and Crime Plan.

“The knock-on effects of under-age drinking to individuals and local communities can be severe and this force-wide approach will bring positive changes in attitudes and behaviour for all concerned.”

Anyone with information or concerns about under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour can contact the force via e-mail at aries@durham.police.uk

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1:15am Wed 9 Jul 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Given that it is not illegal to drink alcohol under the age of 18, on what legal basis will the Police be seizing it? Further, under which legislative act is it permissible to operate a 'three strikes and then be out' policy?, when there is no mandatory requirement to accept a referral to any form of agency unless one is found guilty of a crime by a court of law. Thirdly, how exactly will there be meaningful support from schools for this scheme when they are about to go on holiday?
Given that it is not illegal to drink alcohol under the age of 18, on what legal basis will the Police be seizing it? Further, under which legislative act is it permissible to operate a 'three strikes and then be out' policy?, when there is no mandatory requirement to accept a referral to any form of agency unless one is found guilty of a crime by a court of law. Thirdly, how exactly will there be meaningful support from schools for this scheme when they are about to go on holiday? Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -3

10:21am Wed 9 Jul 14

watchingtheworld says...

Section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 gives the power to seize the alcohol. and Section 30 Police and Crime Act 2009 provides the offence of persistently possessing alcohol in a public place

(1)A person under the age of 18 is guilty of an offence if, without reasonable excuse, the person is in possession of alcohol in any relevant place on 3 or more occasions within a period of 12 consecutive months.
(2)“Relevant place”, in relation to a person, means—
(a)any public place, other than excluded premises, or
(b)any place, other than a public place, to which the person has unlawfully gained access.
Section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 gives the power to seize the alcohol. and Section 30 Police and Crime Act 2009 provides the offence of persistently possessing alcohol in a public place (1)A person under the age of 18 is guilty of an offence if, without reasonable excuse, the person is in possession of alcohol in any relevant place on 3 or more occasions within a period of 12 consecutive months. (2)“Relevant place”, in relation to a person, means— (a)any public place, other than excluded premises, or (b)any place, other than a public place, to which the person has unlawfully gained access. watchingtheworld
  • Score: 2

3:48pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Thank you for clarifying the first two points - that such liberty infriging policies were introduced by the last government does not, alas, surprise me. I note there is no requirement for the person to actually be drinking.
Thank you for clarifying the first two points - that such liberty infriging policies were introduced by the last government does not, alas, surprise me. I note there is no requirement for the person to actually be drinking. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -1

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