Tyne & Wear

Stickers in Newcastle under-age drink crackdown

Stickers are being put on bottles of alcohol in a crackdown on under-age drinking in Newcastle city centre.

The irremovable stickers are unique to off-licences involved in the scheme and are placed on bottles and cans which are popular with young drinkers.

When police seize alcohol or the discarded containers with the stickers on they can trace them back to the shops and take action or offer advice.

Northumbria Police said it helped tackle alcohol-related disorder.

Northumbria Police neighbourhood Inspector Darren Sweeney said: "Alcohol Watch helps us gather information about which stores are being used most regularly by anti-social street drinkers and helps us support and educate off-licences about the impact of their sales on the wider community."

He said most off-licences behaved responsibly but some had difficulties with adults buying drink on behalf of youngsters.

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