Campaign launched urging adults not to buy alcohol for underage drinkers

Bournemouth Echo: WARNING: Campaign posters WARNING: Campaign posters

A CAMPAIGN urging adults not to buy alcohol for underage drinkers has been launched across Purbeck.

The community safety team at Purbeck District Council has teamed-up with County Hall and Dorset Police in a bid to stamp out alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour over the festive period.

Posters warning that purchasing alcohol for under 18s is illegal – punishable by a £5,000 fine and a criminal record – have been circulated throughout the district.

These posters carry the stark warning: “Under 18. If your friends buy alcohol for you they are committing a crime. Be a mate, don’t ask them.”

District officials say alcohol-related crime has fallen in Purbeck, but it does still happen. One group particularly affected, councillors say, is under-age drinkers.

Pubs, shops and restaurants across Purbeck have agreed to support the scheme by allowing posters to be displayed on their premises.

Purbeck District Council social issues spokesman Cllr Ali Patrick confirmed: “The amount of alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour has reduced in Purbeck.

“However, it does still happen and, with Christmas approaching, it’s important that we continue to tackle these issues.”

Community safety officers believe under-age drinkers persuade adults to buy them alcohol, a practice known as proxy sale.

This occurs when someone of legal age purchases alcohol and other age-restricted products on behalf of somebody who is underage.

Cllr Patrick said: “Drinking at an early age puts young people in potential danger and can have serious consequences on their health.

“It is therefore extremely important that we all work together to tackle the issue, and I am pleased that our local licensees are supporting this campaign.”

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1:18pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Isosceles says...

The under-age drinkers should be made to pay for the booze themselves instead of sponging on adults.
Under-age drinking never bothered me when I and a group of mates used to go into the Miner's Welfare club in Derbyshire in the 50's. We paid for our own beer and as long as we behaved, nothing was said (:o))
The under-age drinkers should be made to pay for the booze themselves instead of sponging on adults. Under-age drinking never bothered me when I and a group of mates used to go into the Miner's Welfare club in Derbyshire in the 50's. We paid for our own beer and as long as we behaved, nothing was said (:o)) Isosceles

4:20pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Turtlebay says...

My son's friend who is 16 has an ID card bought online bearing the friend's signature and photo but showing a false date of birth. It looks realistic in every way and contains a driving licence style photo embedded inside the plastic.

Shutting down those companies that supply such cards is probably the only way to combat the crime!
My son's friend who is 16 has an ID card bought online bearing the friend's signature and photo but showing a false date of birth. It looks realistic in every way and contains a driving licence style photo embedded inside the plastic. Shutting down those companies that supply such cards is probably the only way to combat the crime! Turtlebay

6:27pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

"Community safety officers believe under-age drinkers persuade adults to buy them alcohol...".

Well who'd have thought it!
"Community safety officers believe under-age drinkers persuade adults to buy them alcohol...". Well who'd have thought it! Old Colonial

12:00am Fri 20 Dec 13

Yankee1 says...

Simple. Label adults who buy booze for kids - or sell it to them - as 'groomers'. That should sort them out.

'Bubba' like 'Groomers' as cell mates...............
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Simple. Label adults who buy booze for kids - or sell it to them - as 'groomers'. That should sort them out. 'Bubba' like 'Groomers' as cell mates............... .. Yankee1

6:49pm Tue 24 Dec 13

paul.p says...

One thing you can be sure of and that's Advertising on TV, on Hoardings and on fliers shoved through your door. Drink, drink and more drink.

Matters not who buys what as long as the cash is flowing.

Maybe turning back the clock to just having an Off licence selling Alcohol instead of all and sundry from the corner shop to the local Garage,d@mn stuff is everywhere....

So how long does this criminal record last for then? 5/10/20/30 years?

Can't wait for the first person to be in court just so they can make an example of them because the system made them do it. Yes the system, it's the one where the Gov't allows Alcohol to be sold 24hrs a day so therefore regardless if someone decides to do something wrong the only thing to do is remove the problem, no not the 'offender but the product.....start banning Alcohol from the 1st January 2014 and you 'll have me to thank for no new Alcoholics. Don't worry about the amount of money they make they'll just take it from your depleted pension scheme...oh what fun it is to ride.....
One thing you can be sure of and that's Advertising on TV, on Hoardings and on fliers shoved through your door. Drink, drink and more drink. Matters not who buys what as long as the cash is flowing. Maybe turning back the clock to just having an Off licence selling Alcohol instead of all and sundry from the corner shop to the local Garage,d@mn stuff is everywhere.... So how long does this criminal record last for then? 5/10/20/30 years? Can't wait for the first person to be in court just so they can make an example of them because the system made them do it. Yes the system, it's the one where the Gov't allows Alcohol to be sold 24hrs a day so therefore regardless if someone decides to do something wrong the only thing to do is remove the problem, no not the 'offender but the product.....start banning Alcohol from the 1st January 2014 and you 'll have me to thank for no new Alcoholics. Don't worry about the amount of money they make they'll just take it from your depleted pension scheme...oh what fun it is to ride..... paul.p

6:51pm Tue 24 Dec 13

paul.p says...

paul.p wrote:
One thing you can be sure of and that's Advertising on TV, on Hoardings and on fliers shoved through your door. Drink, drink and more drink.

Matters not who buys what as long as the cash is flowing.

Maybe turning back the clock to just having an Off licence selling Alcohol instead of all and sundry from the corner shop to the local Garage,d@mn stuff is everywhere....

So how long does this criminal record last for then? 5/10/20/30 years?

Can't wait for the first person to be in court just so they can make an example of them because the system made them do it. Yes the system, it's the one where the Gov't allows Alcohol to be sold 24hrs a day so therefore regardless if someone decides to do something wrong the only thing to do is remove the problem, no not the 'offender but the product.....start banning Alcohol from the 1st January 2014 and you 'll have me to thank for no new Alcoholics. Don't worry about the amount of money they make they'll just take it from your depleted pension scheme...oh what fun it is to ride.....
'amount of money they take'
[quote][p][bold]paul.p[/bold] wrote: One thing you can be sure of and that's Advertising on TV, on Hoardings and on fliers shoved through your door. Drink, drink and more drink. Matters not who buys what as long as the cash is flowing. Maybe turning back the clock to just having an Off licence selling Alcohol instead of all and sundry from the corner shop to the local Garage,d@mn stuff is everywhere.... So how long does this criminal record last for then? 5/10/20/30 years? Can't wait for the first person to be in court just so they can make an example of them because the system made them do it. Yes the system, it's the one where the Gov't allows Alcohol to be sold 24hrs a day so therefore regardless if someone decides to do something wrong the only thing to do is remove the problem, no not the 'offender but the product.....start banning Alcohol from the 1st January 2014 and you 'll have me to thank for no new Alcoholics. Don't worry about the amount of money they make they'll just take it from your depleted pension scheme...oh what fun it is to ride.....[/p][/quote]'amount of money they take' paul.p

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