South Scotland

Peebles underage drinkers targeted by police

Boy drinking
Image caption Police said the seriousness of underage drinking could not be underestimated

Police have seized alcohol from underage drinkers in the Borders as part of an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The crackdown took place in the Peebles and Innerleithen areas on Friday and Saturday.

About 17 litres (30 pints) of cider, 4 litres of lager (7 pints), vodka and liqueurs were taken from six youths aged 15 to 17.

Lothian and Borders Police said the alcohol seized would now be destroyed.

The operation, which involved both high-visibility and plain-clothes officers, followed similar action in Stobo last month.

Insp Mike Wynne said: "The seriousness of underage drinking cannot be underestimated and often results in instances of street disorder, anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related hospital admissions."

He said the latest operation was part of an "ongoing prevention strategy".

"As such, we will continue to take robust preventative measures and progress intelligence-led operations," he added.

"In addition, off-sales premises have been, and will continue to be, subject to test-purchase operations to ensure that they comply with relevant legislation governing the sale of alcohol to minors."

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