Police said they acted after receiving repeated complaints from residents about young people drinking and causing disorder. A letter warning about the consequences of their behaviour was sent to the youths and their parents.
“Local off-licences have all been visited and given advice about [not] selling to under-18s,” said PC Patrick Hammond of the Outer West neighbourhood policing team. “The operation sends out a clear message to youths involved in this sort of behaviour that we will not tolerate under-age drinking and the associated disorder and damage that they are creating.”?? A 38-year-old woman from South Shields, Tyne & Wear, was given an £80 fixed penalty notice after buying cider and sparkling wine for her 14-year-old daughter. The woman was arrested after she went to a reception centre run by police and the Youth Offending Service to collect the girl.