Police seize booze from underage drinkers in Sunderland after complaints from public

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BOOZE worth hundreds of pounds was seized from rowdy teens.

Police confiscated more than £500-worth of alcohol from youngsters, after complaints hundreds of youngsters were gathering in Seaburn, Sunderland.

The swoop came after people living in the area made contacted Northumbria Police about a group of up to 300 youngsters who were gathering on a field behind Morrisons supermarket in Whitburn Road.

Officers paid a visit to the party on Friday night and spoke to around 100 young revellers, letting them know their behaviour can be intimidating.

Patrols in the area were stepped up over the weekend, with police warning teens they could be moved on or arrested if there were reports of disorder.

The crackdown is part of Northumbria Police’s Report it to sort it campaign, which aims to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: “Young people are more than welcome on the seafront at Seaburn and there are plenty of places suitable for them to gather and enjoy themselves.

“However, when there are more than 200 gathered in one place and some of those are underage drinking, littering and causing anti-social behaviour then it is clearly not acceptable for local residents and businesses. Large groups drinking like this can be intimidating.

“We carried out an operation on Friday where alcohol was seized and more than 100 people were spoken to. It’s hoped we can get the message across to young people and their parents that this is not acceptable when it’s having a negative impact on the quality of life of others in the area.

“When we returned on Saturday far fewer people were present and we took the opportunity to speak with them at the location.

“All reports of anti-social behaviour are taken seriously and we’ll continue to work with partners to ensure any issues are quickly addressed.”

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