Underage drinkers using fake IDs banned till aged 19

Underage drinkers caught using fake IDs in Romford will be banned from the town's pubs and clubs until the age of 19.

Havering Council said the scheme would run alongside a plan to issue 'yellow cards' to drunk troublemakers, barring them from the town centre for 48 hours.

The campaign coincides with a series of talks in schools and colleges to deter youngsters from using fake IDs.

Door staff at 16 venues have been specially trained to spot fake IDs.

Staff will notify the police who will in turn inform the teenager's family and the fake identity documentation will be seized.

'Tough message'

The 'yellow cards', which target people aged 16 and over, are aimed at controlling rowdy, intimidating or antisocial behaviour in public.

Those banned for 48 hours will be photographed and CCTV used to ensure compliance. Both schemes were put in place over the past week, the council said.

Councillor Michael White, leader of the council, said: "Our message to young people is if you are caught out, you'll be kept out of Romford until you are 19. We want young people to enjoy nights out in Romford once they are 18."

Metropolitan Police Borough Commander Mick Smith said: "It's a tough message but a clear one.

"We are rolling out an education campaign into schools and colleges over the next few weeks highlighting the consequence of using fake identification."

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