Newquay raises identification age to 25

Police with fake IDs
Image caption Pc Matt Townrow with some of the fake IDs confiscated by police in Newquay

Newquay police have raised the age at which anyone in the Cornish resort must have identification.

Anyone under 25 must have a passport or photo driving licence in a crackdown on under-age drinking.

Last year the age was 21 and police have warned that anyone using fake ID to buy alcohol could be arrested.

Police seized hundreds of false driving licences and passports in 2010 and a number of under-age children found drinking alcohol were also sent home.

Door staff training

Police and local authorities in Newquay have been attempting to rid the resort of under-age drinkers since 2009 when two young people died after falling from cliffs.

Newquay's No ID - No Newquay now applies to anyone who is, or looks, under 25.

Insp Ian Drummond-Smith said: "Last year we showed what we can and will do to help keep people safe and we're resolved to continue with this successful approach again but with a bit more oomph."

Door staff and off licence staff in Newquay are being trained to spot false IDs.

Lyndon Harrison, chairman of the Newquay Association of Licensed Premises, said: "We aren't here to ruin people's holidays but we have a job to do and we will do it to the best of our ability.

"Everyone coming to Newquay wants to have a great time and we want them to enjoy themselves as well, all we ask is that they respect our fabulous town and other visitors".

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