Crackdown on drink proxy
Consequences of supplying alcohol to under-18s highlighted
A campaign to highlight the consequences of providing alcohol to under-18s has been launched in Moray.
Known as proxy purchase or supply, it is illegal to buy alcohol or cigarettes for anyone below the legal age to drink or smoke.
Now police are cracking down on the practice, and have highlighted some of the implications for someone who is caught doing so – including jail or a hefty fine.
They have teamed up with offsales premises in the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray council areas to run the You’re Asking For It campaign.
Inspector Kenny McGeough hopes the campaign makes more of the public aware about the problem, particularly during the party season.
He said: “My hopes for the campaign is public and premises awareness. I want staff to be aware of who’s buying the alcohol, could that person be buying the alcohol for underage people and to be able to answer questions of what is going on outside the shops.
“Public awareness to the fact that underage drinking does cause quality of life issues and antisocial behaviour.
“If you are purchasing alcohol for under-18s, you are responsible for any consequences for committing the offence, whether it be three months’ imprisonment or up to a £5,000 fine. No matter what an adult’s relationship is with the person under 18, they need to be aware of the consequences of such action and that it is simply not worth it.”
Shop workers in the northeast have also been warned to be vigilant.
Mark Watkins, manager of Marks & Spencer in Elgin, where the campaign was launched, said: “It is good to have local knowledge about this, especially within the licensing community, just to be aware, especially coming up to Christmas and the extra sales that go through the tills, it is something to drill into those workers at the tills to keep an eye out for.” Schoolchildren have been treated to a whirlwind reading adventure by award-winning author Phil Earle.
The writer visited schools across the northeast, including Milnes High School, Ellon Academy and Orchard Brae School in Aberdeen.
Mr Earle travelled round the schools this week as part of his Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour, which ends today.
The tour was aimed at pupils who have additional support needs and face additional challenges when reading.
Mr Earle said: “The opportunity to travel, work with a diverse range of students, including those with additional needs, is something I relish.”