Booze haul seized from Sunderland teenagers

CSOs Jill Cummings and Rachael Lawson with alcohol confiscated as part of Operation Cathode.

CSOs Jill Cummings and Rachael Lawson with alcohol confiscated as part of Operation Cathode.

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HUNDREDS of litres of booze have been seized from underage drinkers on the streets of Sunderland.

The seizures, which total 500 litres, form part of a tough crackdown on booze-fuelled antisocial behaviour that has seen police carry out alcohol-watch patrols in problem areas.

Officers have also teamed up with Trading Standards to carry out a series of test purchase operations to catch those responsible for causing the disorder.

Since its launch, Operation Cathode has already seen antisocial behaviour in the Grindon area fall by almost a third, compared with the same time last year.

As well as the seized alcohol, six direction-to-leave notices have been issued, meaning the troublemakers are not allowed into a specified area for a designated amount of time.

Two men, aged 21 and 28, were also given an £80 fine for buying booze for underage drinkers.

A fixed penalty notice was also given to a shop worker for selling alcohol to a teenager.

Inspector Dave Pickett, of Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This has been a very positive start to the operation and we’ll continue to tackle any issues in the area.

“We are taking action through confiscation, penalty notices, test purchasing operations and even arrests to tackle these concerns.

“We’ll continue to work with our partners, schools and parents to prevent underage drinking in the area.

“We’re warning retailers of the consequences of selling to those underage and are penalising those who are seen to be buying alcohol for youths.”

The operation forms part of a bigger clampdown on underage drinking and boozing on the streets after residents flagged it up as a top concern.

Anyone who has any information or concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area can contact the Sunderland West Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 ex 69191.

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