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Glasgow nightclubs start using fingerprint ID

Fingerprint ID
Image caption The fingerprint ID system is part of efforts to target underage drinking

A number of Glasgow nightclubs have started using fingerprint ID as part of efforts to tackle the city's alcohol problems.

A new ID scanner uses fingerprint technology to verify the age and identity of customers.

The scanner has been introduced at the Campus, O'Couture and Club 520 venues.

It allows individuals to register with the clubs by providing a fingerprint and also an ID document which proves age and identity.

Once registered, customers scan their fingers to gain entry to the clubs.

Glasgow's Joint Action Group on Alcohol, who have backed the scheme, have also introduced a range of measures designed to change the city's relationship with alcohol and target underage drinking.

The group also supports the new Challenge 25 legislation, which demands that anyone who looks to be under 25 must produce identification if they wish to be served alcohol.

Fake ID

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The ID scanner is exactly the kind of practical measure that will assist us with enforcing the rules on the sale of alcohol.

"Anything that helps to block under-18s from buying alcohol while making it easier for those who are still young enough to have to carry their ID has to be welcomed.

"I hope other pubs and clubs are considering taking on the scheme as well."

Ch Supt Ruaraidh Nicolson, Strathclyde Police's head of communities, added: "Strathclyde Police welcomes this new initiative, and we are delighted that pubs and clubs are taking this extra step to crack down on the challenging problem of underage drinkers by using such sophisticated technology that can also spot counterfeit identification.

"We will continue to work with our partner agencies on our commitment to helping young people build safe and sensible attitudes to alcohol."

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