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Police day of action targets under-age boozers in Highlands

By Nick Humphreys

Chief Supt Julian Innes will be cracking down on alcohol related crime
Chief Supt Julian Innes will be cracking down on alcohol related crime

A POLICE crackdown on alcohol related crime across the Highlands and Islands is taking place today in a "Day of Action".

The focus will be made on underage drinking, breach of licensing laws and anti-social behaviour associated with alcohol misuse.

It is the second in a series of regular Police Scotland designated "Campaign against Violence" days.

Chief Superintendent Julian Innes said: "We will be making additional dedicated patrols, utilising all available officers with the aim of making our communities safer for everyone.

"Alcohol is frequently a factor in crime and anti-social behaviour across all age groups.

"Buying or drinking alcohol under the age of 18 is not only illegal, but carries a many dangers for the drinker such as falling unconscious and becoming vulnerable to assault and robbery.

"Parents and communities have a combined responsibility to help to protect our young people and children from the dangers of underage drinking. We as Police want to work closely with communities and other agencies to tackle this problem and associated crime and we will be actively seeking out and taking action against those who supply alcohol to children."

He said the Highlands and Islands are one of the safest places in the UK, with low crime and high detection rates as well as high levels of public confidence in the police. Recent community consultation surveys for this region indicated that people want to see more officers on the beat and for police to have a higher profile in communities.

He added: "If anyone has any information relating to the supply of drugs or alcohol to young people, or any criminal activity in their community they should contact police on 101. Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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