Stickers aim to cut Hartlepool underage drinking

Stickers will be placed on bottles of alcohol sold in licensed premises in Hartlepool in a bid to cut down on anti-social behaviour.

The Alcoholwatch scheme - a joint initiative between police and the council - targets underage drinkers.

The tamper-proof stickers contain a unique code linking the alcohol to its point of purchase.

Once the premises are identified, police will work with licensees to prevent a repeat of underage sales.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said it would help officers "nip the problem in the bud".

She added: "Previously officers would rely on youngsters for information on where they obtained it, but they would be extremely reluctant and sometimes give wrong information.

"Alcoholwatch is an innovative scheme and is a positive addition to the work that is taking place already in the town to reduce under-age drinking."

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