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VOICE OF THE DAILY Mirror: Enforce the booze laws.

THE ease with which children can illegally buy booze is truly shocking.

Government ministers from Gordon Brown down are falling over themselves to promise crackdowns on shops and off-licences selling to under-18s.

Alcohol played a part in the murder of Garry Newlove - the yobs who kicked the dad to death were drunk.

Yet as today's Daily Mirror investigation worryingly proves, purchasing booze is about as difficult as buying a packet of crisps for 14 to 16-year-olds.

And major supermarkets are as guilty as corner shops.

The answer is for the police and trading standards officers to enforce the law, redoubling spot checks and throwing the book at offenders.

Courts can fine shops pounds 10,000 and suspend licences for three months.

Tougher enforcement is also needed against young people breaking the law. Official figures reveal fewer than 100 are taken to court every year.

The laws exist. The task now is to ensure they are enforced.
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Title Annotation:Leaders
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2008
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