Booze youth crackdown

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Officers in Burnley have seized 280 litres of alcohol from youths in the Burnley and Pendle areas in the past three months as part of an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour.

From July to September this year, 266 litres of beer and cider and 14 litres of spirits were confiscated from underage youngsters found in possession of alcohol, as part of the Community Alcohol Network (CAN) initiative.

The operation sees officers from the Special Constabulary working alongside local neighbourhood policing teams to combat anti-social behaviour by targeting underage and vulnerable youths drinking alcohol.

Headed by Special Inspector Luke Davis and funded by Burnley’s Community Safety Partnership and Lancashire County Council’s Trading Standards, CAN patrols involve officers speaking to youngsters and taking away alcohol from those who are underage.

In the three month period, 2193 youngsters were spoken to, 154 licensed premises were visited, 76 youth referrals were issued, 54 young people were taken home by police, 23 youths were collected by their parents, six arrests were made, five cannabis warnings were handed out, seven fixed penalty notices were given and there were also two directions to leave issued.

Special Insp Luke Davis said: “Underage drinking is something that we will continue to tackle through the CAN operation and I am happy that we have managed to confiscate such a large amount of alcohol that could have been drank by underage teens with potentially dangerous consequences.

“I would advise adults and parents not to buy children alcohol as there are all sorts of dangers and risks that come from providing them with it.”

Coun. Tony Harrison, Burnley Council’s Executive member for community services, said: “The amount of alcohol seized from children in this operation is worrying and makes you wonder where they get it from.

“Residents across our borough are suffering from anti-social behaviour fuelled by alcohol and they will be glad to see operations like this taking place to tackle the problem.”