Under-age drinking crack down.
POLICE in Durham are cracking down on under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour.
Officers carried out an operation in Bishop Auckland following concerns raised by residents.
As part of it, a man was fined PS90 fine for supplying alcohol to an under-age drinker and five intoxicated 14-year-olds were taken to a place of safety to be given advice.
Focusing on the recreation ground area, the activity involved Bishop Auckland Neighbourhood Policing Team, the force's alcohol harm reduction unit, Durham County Council licensing officers, Durham County Council Trading Standards, neighbourhood wardens, 4Real, which is the young persons' alcohol and drug service, and local youth workers.
Groups of youths were spoken to and alcohol was seized both from under-18s and from young adults who might supply alcohol to underage drinkers.
Alcohol seized included 50 cans of lager and three bottles of vodka, as well as spirits mixed with soft drinks in plastic bottles, dip-tested to establish the presence of alcohol.
A quantity of drugs was seized after a 17-year-old youth and an 18-year-old man travelling in a car were stopped.
The youth was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offence weapon and possession of drugs with intent to supply and the 18-year-old on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Sgt Mick Urwin, who oversaw Operation Aries, said: "StaySafe operations are carried out primarily to safeguard young people who are drinking and placing themselves in situations that may put them at risk of harm."