Gateshead Council and Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to target adults who buy alcohol from an off-licenses on behalf of children. Any adults who are caught, face court action and a fine of up to £5,000. It is hoped that the scheme will help to reduce alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour.
A poster is being sent to every off-license in Gateshead to help shoppers who see an offence being committed to report it. A DVD for training is also being sent to each off-license so that shop staff know about dealing with age-restricted goods and how to avoid selling them to children.
Any member of the public who witnesses the purchase of alcohol by an adult who then gives it to someone under the age of 18 years can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report the offence in complete confidence.