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Zero-tolerance to teen drinkers.

UNDERAGE drinkers are being targeted in a zero-tolerance campaign by police and trading standards officers.

Police and officers from Anglesey council will visit licensed premises on the island, focusing on adults who buy alcohol for children.

Sergeant Andy McGregor said: "There seems to be a general misconception that there is no harm in giving alcohol to underage teenagers.

"In addition to being socially irresponsible to give a child alcohol for unsupervised consumption, it is illegal. Any adult found buying alcohol for underage persons could be issued with an pounds 80 fixed penalty notice, or prosecuted.

"Underage drinking not only has health implications for the young person, it often comes hand in hand with anti social behaviour and crime in our communities."

Under a newly agreed protocol, North Wales Police and Anglesey Trading Standards will share information and work in partnership to ensure licensing conditions are followed.

Anglesey's Chief Trading Standards officer David Riley said: "It's clear that the main source of alcohol for underage youths is actually adults buying it on their behalf, be it a stranger on the street or more likely an older friend, parent or family member."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 17, 2012
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