ALCOHOL and cigarettes were seized from underage youths in a joint undercover operation by Thurrock Council and Essex Police.
Around 60 units of alcohol (equivalent to 30 pints of standard lager) and cigarettes were seized in Corringham during Friday’s event which focused particularly 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.
The operation involved Thurrock Council officers from Community Protection, Trading Standards and Licensing alongside Essex Police officers. Patrols were carried out throughout the evening in different parts of the borough particularly in areas where residents have complained about Anti-social Behaviour.
A group of around 15 young people were stopped in Corringham where the majority of the alcohol was seized. Two Fixed Penalty Notices were issued for littering and investigations are ongoing following an allegation of a youth carrying a knife.
Sgt Frazer Low, of the Grays neighbourhood policing team which worked on the operation, said: “These joint operations have proved very successful focusing on particularly hot spot areas and using the expertise of different officers. Underage drinking can lead to an increase in Anti-social Behaviour and we continue to work together to address residents’ concerns of unacceptable behaviour caused by a minority of people in our community.”