Crack­down on drink proxy

Con­se­quences of sup­ply­ing al­co­hol to un­der-18s high­lighted

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

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.”

“Un­der­age drink­ing does cause qual­ity of life is­sues and an­ti­so­cial be­haviour”

AWARE­NESS: Li­cens­ing In­spec­tor Kenny McGeough and Mark Watkins, M&S store man­ager

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