THURROCK Council officers and a PCSO patrolled the Corringham area on Friday (23 August) evening, providing reassurance and gathering information.
The second Thurrock Community Alcohol Partnership scheme “joint patrol” in the area – one Trading Standards officer, two licensing officers and a PCSO – was checking for anti-social behaviour or alcohol misuse and also checked and signed every off licence’s refusals book to make sure they were properly completed.
The team spotted a young woman, aged 18 to 20 with a carrier bag containing alcohol. When asked for ID she produced an out-of-date American passport with a photo of a girl aged approximately four years old.
The shop was warned they should not have sold alcohol to the woman and the member of staff will now undergo re-training.
An open bottle of alcohol was seized from a young man on Grover Walk due to the Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) there. He was with several young girls, some aged under 18, and he was asked to move on.
The team also spoke to two young females under 18 who were suspected to be attempting to buy alcohol from shops in the town centre.
If residents of Corringham have any information relating to underage sales, proxy sales (where an adult buys alcohol for someone under 18), street drinking or alcohol related anti-social behaviour, they are urged to report it on 01375 652328.
Thurrock Council will be carrying out further joint patrols over the coming months, including during the October and December holidays.