So-called proxy purchasing has become a major issue for drinks retailers, who have tightened up their ID policies with schemes like Challenge 25 but must also be vigilant about customers purchasing drinks for under-18s.
According to data released by Home Secretary Alan Johnson, there were 574 penalty notices for disorder issued in 2008 – the police’s favoured method for dealing with proxy purchasing. This was lower than the figure for 2007, when 619 PNDs were issued and 18 convictions made.
Johnson said figures for 2009 would be available this autumn.
He was responding to a written question from Conservative MP Chris Grayling.