Police target underage drink menace

Alcohol crackdown
Alcohol crackdown

POLICE are set to target underage drinkers as part of a summer crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Officers will also be tasked with keeping a lid on seasonal crimes, such as burglaries at unsecured homes and the use of illegal off-road motorbikes as part of Operation Resolute.

The campaign will also see serious and persistent offenders targeted. Mobile ad-vans will be used across the region to name and shame wanted criminals.

Chief Supt John O’Hare, of GMP’s Specialist Operations Branch, said: “This operation is about maintaining the heat we put on criminals, so if you think you are wanted by police then expect a forceful ‘knock’ on your door.

“With the longer days and warmer weather, we generally see an upturn in anti-social behaviour and acquisitive crime such as burglary – particularly through people leaving windows and doors open or sheds and garages unlocked after spending time outside.

“We are therefore asking people to look out for each other and take some simple crime prevention measures to safeguard their belongings.

“Finally, I would urge people to report anti-social behaviour to their local neighbourhood teams, whose numbers are listed on our website, so we can deal with it at the earliest opportunity.”

Police say they expect to see a rise in anti-social behaviour during the school holidays and will be working with Trading Standards to target shops and pubs selling to underage drinkers.

Youths will also be directed towards activities run by the council and community groups and those published on the Safe4Summer campaign website.

Details of young people causing trouble will be passed on to the town halls’ neighbourhood teams, so that youth workers can intervene if necessary.

Anyone wishing to report anti-social behaviour should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.