Police target underage drinking

POLICE have launched a crackdown on unruly drunken youths in Clevedon, seizing booze and targeting stores selling alcohol to underage teens

POLICE have launched a crackdown on unruly drunken youths in Clevedon, seizing booze and targeting stores selling alcohol to underage teens.Licensing enforcement officers have been patrolling the town and monitoring stores on Friday nights to see if they are selling alcohol to under 18s.Two stores have already been warned by police, after being caught red handed selling alcohol to minors.Scores of teenagers found drinking at hot spots across the resort have also had their alcohol seized with letters being sent home to parents informing them of their offspring's behaviour.The crackdown, due to continue for the next few weeks, comes after mounting concerns about yobbish and drunken behaviour in the town.Residents have been complaining about gangs of teens meeting at the Salthouse Fields and the playing fields at Dial Hill and drinking until the early hours.Earlier this year the North Somerset Times reported how one Clevedon man was forced to spend nearly £20,000 on protecting his house from teen vandals and yobs.North Somerset Police Sector Inspector Steve Date said: "The licensing enforcement team has been out with beat managers and police community support officers following complaints about antisocial behaviour in the town."There is a direct link between minor incidents of disorder and alcohol and officers have been seizing alcohol from young people and taking their details. We will continue to monitor the situation and target those who make alcohol accessible to young people.

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