Hundreds of cans of beer — and dozens of bottles of hard liquor — have been seized from underage boozers drinking on the streets of Ilkeston, the ‘Tiser can exclusively reveal.
Police officers confiscated alcohol from children as young as 12 who they found drinking on the streets. Booze seized ranged from super-strength beers and ciders, to high-strength spirits including whisky, brandy and vodka.
The figures have been released after local police, working with other partners, increased patrols around hotspots.
All the booze has now been poured down the drain.
Sgt John Troup, of Ilkeston’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said concerns didn’t just centre on the amount of alcohol but the types being consumed by underage drinkers.
“It’s hard to put an exact figure on how much we have seized because no two weeks are the same with some alcohol being poured away at the scene,” he said.
“We certainly seize alcohol from underage drinkers most weeks, more often than not on weekend evenings and nights.”
Sgt Troup also told of one instance which involved a 15-year-old boy who was paraletic and didn’t realise he had split his head open and he was bleeding.
Sergeant Troup added: “It is very often that these young people aren’t in control of themselves and this is what can cause instances of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity, whether they are perpetrators or victims.
“I would ask parents to consider where there child goes and what they spend their money on.
“Such activity may avoid their children being involved in crime while drunk, which can result in a criminal conviction or caution that could affect future career opportunities or aspirations.”
The neighbourhood team staged a symbolic pour-away of the confiscated alcohol at Ilkeston police station. It took officers hours and the cans and bottles filled a huge industrial recycling bin.
The confiscations are part of a wider operation between Ilkeston’s Safer Neighbourhood Team and Erewash Community Safety Partnership to reduce criminal behaviour fuelled by underage drinking.
Sally Wigginton, anti-social behaviour co-ordinator for the safety partnership said: “If a young person is found to be in possession of alcohol in a public place they can expect at least a letter home and if they continue to drink alcohol then this can result in a requirement to enter into an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, a civil contract monitored by the police which means if they are found in possession of alcohol on three occasions in 12 months then they may face prosecution.”
She added: “Such positive action sends out a message of a zero-tolerance policy to underage drinkers, as criminal behaviour in our area continues to reduce.”
Anyone with information or concerns about the illegal supply of alcohol can report this by calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.