Alcohol testing strips for underage drinkers

NO UNDERAGE drinkers in Cheddar have been caught by a new alcohol test strip- but police have warned they will still be carrying out random checks.

NO UNDERAGE drinkers in Cheddar have been caught by a new alcohol test strip- but police have warned they will still be carrying out random checks.

All police community support officers and police officers in the Cheddar area were issued with drinks testers last month, which they can put in drinks to see if they are alcoholic.

Teenagers drinking underage often try and conceal it in public by carrying alcohol in bottles with soft-drink labels on them.

In a bid to tackle the problem, police are carrying out random checks on youngsters in the area and target places youths like to congregate, such as Bath Street, The Pavilion and bus stops in the village centre.


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So far all the tests have come back negative, which means that no alcohol was present in the drinks.

Although only Cheddar has been targeted so far, police will be using the test strips in the surrounding Somerset towns and villages including Axbridge, Wedmore, Shipham and Mark.

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