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Under-age drinking crackdown in Dereham

PUBLISHED: 15:35 27 July 2010 | UPDATED: 10:19 01 August 2010

Ian Clarke

Police have launched a zero tolerance crackdown on under-age drinking in Dereham.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team will seize alcohol from under 18s and warning letters will be sent to their parents telling them about their child's drinking habits.

Police have launched a zero tolerance crackdown on under-age drinking in Dereham.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team will seize alcohol from under 18s and warning letters will be sent to their parents telling them about their child's drinking habits.

Adults are also being warned they could face an £80 fine if they buy alcohol for youngsters.

Police are using new laws to target under-age drinkers who persistently break the law.

If an under 18 year old is caught possessing alcohol in a public place three or more times within a year, they could face being arrested and prosecuted.

Dereham-based Sgt Gareth Woodward said: “We will be taking positive action to disrupt and prevent acts of anti-social drinking in the Dereham neighbourhood.

“Underage drinking is illegal and the fact is that the excessive consumption of alcohol by youngsters leads to anti-social behaviour or incidents of criminal damage, which directly affects the quality of life for people living in the town.”

To report suspected under-age drinking call police on 0845 456 4567.

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