Crackdown to curb ‘proxy’ alcohol sales

People who buy alcohol on behalf of teenagers are to be targeted by police as part of a crackdown on underage drinking in New Mills and Hayfield.

In recent weeks, officers have been faced with cases of underage people who have been found intoxicated and have either had to be taken home or, in extreme cases, to hospital.

High Peak Community Safety Partnership is already working with licensees to stop underage children buying alcohol.

Now the focus has turned to proxy buying - people who illegally buy alcohol on behalf of teenagers, and as part of this the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team will visit local schools and monitor how young people get their drink.

PCSO Lee Baker said: “Adults who buy alcohol for under-18s are irresponsible and are breaking the law. If anyone is caught doing this they must take responsibility for their actions and face the consequences. People who supply youngsters with alcohol could not only end up with an £80 fine but they could be putting young lives at risk.”

The focus is part of the safety partnership’s Intoxicated campaign, urging responsible alcohol sales by licensees.