Un­der­age drink­ing

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as the “buyer” try­ing to get his hands on drink.

We watched as he at­tempted to get booze from the shops un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a plain­clothes of­fi­cer.

And at one of the shops tar­geted, staff handed over the booze - four bot­tles of cider with­out ask­ing for ID.

The shop, which can’t be named for le­gal rea­sons, could now face los­ing its li­cence to sell al­co­hol.

A re­port has been sent to the Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal.

PC Chris Grif­fiths, who worked along­side PCs Michael McKay and Craig Grant, said: “If the shops lose their li­cence they are go­ing to be in trou­ble.

“It af­fects a large chunk of their busi­ness.

“The pos­i­tive thing that can be taken from this as when a shop is caught, they will never do it again and they will be even more vig­i­lant.

“That is an out­come we can hope for. When they break the law it is their liveli­hood. But to keep their liveli­hood go­ing they need to keep within the law.”

While the tests are put in place to en­sure li­cence hold­ers are fol­low­ing the law, of­fi­cers also 161216POLI­CE_PATROL_ALCOHOL_001 mon­i­tor young peo­ple in the town who try other ways to get drink.

Dur­ing the op­er­a­tion, a call came over the ra­dio ask­ing for of­fi­cers to at­tend at a shop in Ren­ton as a group of teenagers were ask­ing peo­ple to pur­chase al­co­hol for them.

This is­sue is some­thing that is too fa­mil­iar with PC Grif­fiths.

He said: “We at­tend these lo­ca­tions in the area with the in­tent to dis­rupt these young peo­ple who are hang­ing around with the in­tent of ask­ing peo­ple to buy al­co­hol for them.” Of­fi­cers took to the streets dur­ing the busiest week­ends of the year to make sure peo­ple across Dum­bar­ton and Alexan­dria were en­joy­ing the fes­tive sea­son safely.

Dur­ing Christ­mas and New Year, of­fi­cers ramp up the pa­trols in some of the ar­eas busiest nightspots.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice of­fi­cers in Dum­bar­ton, there is a spike in crime at this time of year in the pubs and clubs in the area.

With al­co­hol flow­ing in all of these lo­ca­tions, the main aim for of­fi­cers on‘anti-so­cial pa­trols’is to pre­vent peo­ple get­ting into trou­ble.

The lat­est‘anti-so­cial op­er­a­tion’which was car­ried out last week­end had a pos­i­tive out­come for of­fi­cers.

PC Chris Grif­fiths said:“It was a peace­ful night and that was due to the public act­ing re­spon­si­bly.

“The pres­ence of po­lice of­fi­cers al­ways en­cour­ages peo­ple not to cause trou­ble. It’s all about safety. The fes­tive pe­riod sees a spike in peo­ple over in­dulging in al­co­hol.

“Un­for­tu­nately this can es­ca­late to other things so we have a num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers who will go out on anti-so­cial pa­trols.

“We want to keep peo­ple safe and we do that by go­ing out on pa­trol.We chal­lenge and make sure that peo­ple can see us and take it into con­sid­er­a­tion that they need to be act­ing re­spon­si­bly.

“The whole fes­tive cam­paign is all about safety.We don’t want peo­ple as­saulted and we don’t want peo­ple com­mit­ting crimes so this is all about preven­tion.’’

If they lose their li­cence they’re go­ing to be in trou­ble

Po­lice crack­down Len­nox Her­ald re­porter Carla Tal­bot speak­ing with PC Chris Grif­fiths

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