Teenagers stopped and alcohol seized in undercover sting

ALCOHOL was seized from underage youths, as young as 15 years old, in a joint undercover operation by Thurrock Council and Essex Police.

Friday’s event in Aveley focused on anyone buying alcohol for people under 18 – this act of proxy alcohol purchase is a criminal offence punishable with a maximum fine of £5,000.

A total of 175 units of alcohol (equivalent to 76 pints of normal lager) were seized during the evening which saw around 20 stop checks on young people. One arrest was also made for an alleged breach of bail conditions. Investigations are now continuing with all those involved to decide on further action and potential prosecutions.

Thurrock Council’s Community Protection, Trading Standards and Licensing teams joined forces with Essex Police officers for Operation Pitstop targeting areas where concerns had been raised about underage drinking.

Insp Richard Baxter said: “This is part of our continued crack down in partnership with Thurrock Council to reduce alcohol-related disorder across the area. Anti-social Behaviour can often be fuelled by underage drinking. By ensuring that youngsters aren’t obtaining alcohol, we have stopped potential Anti-social Behaviour, which can have a significant and negative impact on our residents.”

Aveley Village is an Alcohol Free Zone which gives police additional powers to seize open containers of alcohol from individuals of any age.

Alongside the enforcement action taken officers also offered help and advice to shopkeepers around the laws covering the sale of age restricted goods.

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